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­.S. Is Way Behind Other Countries on Robot 'Readiness,' Report Says


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The United States lags behind other countries in readiness for an increasingly automated world, placing ninth on a ranking of 25 advanced economies, according to a new report from ABB.

South Korea, Singapore, Germany, and Canada are better prepared for the rise of machines, thanks largely to their education systems and labor policies, the authors of the Automation Readiness Index conclude.

Researchers graded the nations on three main categories: their innovation environment, which included money spent on research and development; school policies, from early curriculums to lifelong learning programs; and public workforce development, such as government-led efforts to retrain workers.

No country is "genuinely ready" for the technological shift that is expected to displace millions of workers worldwide in the next three decades, the researchers found—but the United States is especially underprepared for the jobs of the future.

From The Washington Post
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