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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Should The West Be Grateful To The East For Past Innovations?

Drawing of an early Chinese soldier lighting a...

Drawing of an early Chinese soldier lighting a rocket (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of us believe the West had created and innovated everything without the need of borrowing ideas from anyone.  Some people went as far as to belittle the people who lived in China and said that China copied everything from the West.  This is true now since China is playing catchup in technology, but it was not the case in the past.  The videos right after the break claim ancient Chinese had invented technologies such as paper, gun powder, metal stirrup, compass, and a lot more, and these ancient inventions had helped the West built empires and became more innovative than ever before.

Afterthought:  In my opinion, only through sharing technology (e.g., open source, copyleft) we humans can improve as a whole (i.e., we are humans).  By sharing technology, some of us might be even more innovative.  By relying on past knowledge, some of us might be able to ignite the next sparks that can change the world, hopefully for the better.  So, we should not be so petty in the matter of who copied who.  Instead of anything, we need to race ahead in sharing technology so we can improve the world as a whole.  Nonetheless, the world can also be hell on earth if we are racing ahead in sharing destructive technology such as nuclear weapon.