The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work

Lecture | February 14 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Hall

 Richard Baldwin, Graduate Institute, Geneva

 Clausen Center for International Business and Policy

Automation and robotics are changing our lives quickly - everyone knows that. But digital disruption goes much further. In The Globotics Upheaval, Richard Baldwin, one of the world's leading globalisation experts, explains that exponential growth in computing, transmission and storage capacities is also creating a new form of "virtual" globalisation that could undermine the foundations of middle-class prosperity in the West.

When technology enables talented people from around the world to be a virtual presence in any given office, the hundreds of millions of people who have hitherto been protected by their skills will no longer be quite so secure. What measures will people and governments take in response to such a tectonic shift?

Looking back at previous industrial revolutions, and using these modern technological developments as a lens through which to view the future, Richard Baldwin will examine these issues and more, issues which, sooner or later, will be important to each and every one of us.

 Maria Carkovic, Executive Director, Clausen Center, CA, MARIA_CARKOVIC@HAAS.BERKELEY.EDU, 510-664 9148