Will Modi commit to a national automation strategy?
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In 2014, this giant landmass of 1.3 billion people purchased barely 1,900 industrial robots. The Czech Republic, small as it is, bought 2,500! China, the world leader in robot buying, took in 56,000.
With the rest of Asia already far ahead of India in embracing and committing to a future of industrial automation, such low robot deployments preclude India from joining the Asian automation club anytime soon.
Officially, India is termed a NIC (newly industrialized country). NIC countries like Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, even China, are generally late to the game when it comes to industrialization.
Thirty-five years of breakneck industrialization vaulted China into being the world’s factory. India, the other Asian behemoth, didn’t follow.
Maybe being a NIC partly explains India’s sluggish pace of industrialization, which, in turn, might also retard the adoption of robots for automation…or maybe make it easier to bypass people all together and go straight for the robots.
It may well be that before India can fully industrialize and put its millions of low-pay workers into factory jobs, robot-driven automation will have taken them away.
It’s what Harvard economist Dani Rodrik dubs “premature de-industrialization.” All of the global industrialized countries had a period of time—decades—to industrialize before evolving to a post‐industrial phase of development and then into automation.
Rodrik and other "Economists’ worry is that the factory-led model of advancement—which, for more than a century, has offered the quickest route out of poverty—is simply no longer available to today’s poorest nations."
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