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Youths' career advancement outlook dimmed by robots: report

2014/10/29 23:09:15

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) The development of robots and artificial intelligence have contributed to the plight of young people in Taiwan, who are faced with stagnant salaries and dim prospects of promotion, according to a report released Wednesday by a civil group.

The report by the Global Education Association in Taiwan said robots have already replaced many manual workers and are now threatening the jobs of mid-level managers in the country.

With the number of mid-level management jobs in Taiwan having dropped by 170,000 in recent decades, young people's chances of promotion to this level are diminishing, the report said. Furthermore, young employees in Taiwan and around the world are unlikely to gain higher pay, the report said.

It said, however, that the Internet has helped to blur the boundaries of the workplace, office and countries, presenting an opportunity for young people to develop their ability to work across borders - something that robots cannot do.

The association, which is dedicated to foreign language learning, said only people who can do multiple tasks will thrive and gain better pay in the future.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Maubo Chang)