Xiaolan Fu speaks on impact of emerging technologies at UN, ILO meetings

Posted:
12 April, 2017

Professor Xiaolan Fu has spoken on the impact of emerging technologies at two recent expert meetings.

Professor Fu spoke at the International Labour Organization’s Future of Work We Want Global Dialogue earlier this month and at a meeting of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism 10-Member Group, of which she is a member, organised by DESA and the International Council for Sciences in January.

She discussed issues relating to the impact of technology on the future of work, income distribution and the global economy. Professor Fu argued that the new wave of disruptive technological progress will have a profound impact on society and the global economy. She said that technological advancement is creating opportunities for greater efficiency and innovation in business and public services provision but, crucially, it also presents an increasing challenge as it correlates to a reduction in human job opportunities and an increase in income inequalities.

She called for a timely multi-stakeholder dialogue and policy response to guide the direction of technical change and to harness the benefits of innovation and technological progress to ensure inclusive and sustainable development.

Professor Fu is Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development at ODID and Professor of Technology and International Development.

Find out more about the ILO Future of Work We Want Global Dialogue

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