Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) hosted a public lecture by Dr Mia Mikic, the Director of the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The public lecture entitled 'Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Inclusive Future of Work' was held at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS), UBD and was attended by UBD Vice Chancellor Datin Dr. Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, senior government officials, university staff and students as well as members of the general public.
Dr Mikic's public lecture discussed the impact of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 on the way people in ASEAN live and work. By using the most influential literature on frontier technologies and focusing on the role of Artificial Intelligence, Dr Mikic gave an overview of the state of readiness of ASEAN Member States with respect to the inclusive future of work, the dynamics of labour versus automation costs and job displacement from technical and economic perspectives. She emphasised that the ever-decreasing costs for machine learning and automation will erode job security in all ASEAN Member States and the question is not "whether" but "how fast" these changes will occur.
Drawing on her research and analytical work on trade policy and trade-related area, including as Coordinator of Asia-Pacific research and Training network on Trade (ARTNeT), Dr Mikic provided key recommendations regarding data protection, education, social protection, competition and various innovation boosting policies.
The public lecture is part of UBD's Public Lecture series where international and local prominent government officials, private sector leaders and academics are invited to share their insights and experiences on timely and relevant topics for engaging and beneficial academic discussion for the university community and the general public.
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