Businesses are adopting robotics and artificial intelligence rapidly throughout the world. However, the U.S. is trailing in how it is helping prepare young people for an automated workplace.
According to a study, intelligent automation is boosting the relevance of STEM skills as well as soft skills. On the other hand, only a few countries are investing in deep changes to school curricula and teacher training to prepare future workers.
The Economist Intelligence Unit evaluated 25 countries’ preparedness for new forms of intelligent automation. The research measured work on education infinitives, innovation environment, and labor market policies. Here are the key findings:
- South Korea is the strongest in education infinitives, innovation environment, and labor market policies, while the U.S. comes in ninth
- Leading countries are emphasizing efforts in teaching computational thinking, AI and robotics techniques, and improving the quality of learning using AI
- South Korea is at the top of the list for education policies with a score of 87.5 compared to the U.S at 62.5
Since technology is evolving, it is difficult to begin planning. The U.S. is experimenting with policies but it will likely take a couple decades to figure out what works and what doesn’t.