Tech support

Experts seek government support and incentives for technology adoption


Financial sector experts have called on the government to support industries through enabling policies such as subsidies, tax breaks and the development of technology centers.

A statement released Thursday said they had spoken at a virtual conference on “Robotics – a future of society and work” hosted by the Nigerian Academy of Engineering in Lagos.

The director of motion planning for Oxbotica, an England-based autonomous vehicle software company, Dr Chinemelu Ezeh, said technological innovations have become necessary and Nigeria must play a leading role in a world of more and more technological.

While saying that technology would disrupt the future of work because 45% of all tasks people do could be automated with existing technological inventions, he added that 25% of all tasks will be automated by robotics by now. 2025.

According to him, the drivers of automation / robots include just-in-time demand, cost reduction / budget constraints, and the pursuit of profitability as well as quality improvement.

Internationally, he said, robots and other advanced technological inventions have become increasingly useful in manufacturing, assembly and packaging, transportation, weaponry, laboratory research, mass production of consumer and industrial goods.

He observed that future proofing careers and tasks that artificial intelligence and robotics could replace included taxi drivers, proofreaders, soldiers, security guards, market research analysts, some executives. of surgery and customer service, while professions resistant to automation include lawyers, writers, clergy, project managers, software developers, event planners, psychiatrists and others.

Also speaking, NAE President Alex Ogedengbe said the topic was futuristic in the local context as the use of robots had taken hold internationally.

He said, “Recently when I visited a son in the US he has a robot cleaning the apartment. It is not new internationally but it is new here in Nigeria.

“This is an opportunity for Nigerian experts to deepen their knowledge and familiarize themselves with what is happening in the region.

“Indigenous engineers don’t have to travel far to acquire knowledge, which makes them fascinating. We are all part of the international community.

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