Should Africa Rely On Automation To Leapfrog Cheap Labor Phase?

Africa got 1 billion plus people and yet the whole continent’s economy is only about the size of South Korea. This means the whole African continent is still very poor and needs to be developed a lot so the Africans can have some hope for a better future. Unfortunately, as cheap labor is moving out of China to China’s neighbors such as Vietnam, the whole world is now all the rage on how to rely on the automation of machines so even cheap labor cannot compete. If this is the case, I don’t think the Africans will have a chance of mobilizing their 1 billion plus people to industrialize the African continent.

So, the question is if Africans cannot rely on cheap labor to develop and industrialize the African continent, then what else could the Africans rely on to develop Africa? If Africans tries to rely on the aids of the Western countries, then Africans will never be able to develop their own industries that are necessary to pull the African continent out of poverty for good. Although the Chinese are building the infrastructures inside Africa to better the livelihood of the Africans, without a staple of strong industries the Africans will still face the problem of not being able to industrialize the African continent.

Although I don’t know much about Africa, in my humble opinion, Africans should try to go for automation themselves to leapfrog the cheap labor phase. This means Africans have to develop a very entrepreneurship mentality so they can come up with business models that need automation as a necessary ingredient for their business. Furthermore, instead of only relying on aids from the West and the infrastructures from China, Africans should demand the Chinese to teach them how to develop and incorporate Artificial Intelligence in their businesses. I think the machine learning and higher AI will definitely be able to help the Africans to automate the needs in their entrepreneurship businesses and leapfrog the cheap labor phase.

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China In Congo Experience: Empire of Dust – 2011 Africa.

Although the video probably made in 2011, the context of the video is quite relevant, still.  I think I’ve mixed feelings about watching this video.  On one hand, I feel sad for the tough conditions and environments in which the Congolese got to experience every day because their country wasn’t developing at all at the time period in which the video is showing.  At the same time, I also feel sorry for the Chinese — who tried to help the Congolese to rebuild the 300km road which connects Kolwezi with the capital of the province Lubumbashi — because the video shows the Chinese tried hard to negotiate and do their best in building the road but met with setbacks that could be fixed easily if communication and efforts were aplenty.  Unfortunately, the video shows that some Congolese weren’t too excited to make the road but the road could help improve the infrastructure for the locals.  Anyhow, the video shows the Chinese were also rough in manners in dealing with the Congolese, because of the language barrier and culture differences.  Vice versa, the Congolese were also ignoring the Chinese workers’ instructions but the instructions were meant to have things going.  Anyway, after watching this video, I wonder how it is now (i.e., 2017) for the Congolese in Congo, and how it is for the Chinese in Africa.  Check out the awesome video right after the break.  Enjoy!