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Indonesia must polish digital know-how or risk being left behind

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, September 16, 2019   /  10:25 am
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Human-like robot Sophia speaks Russian during Open Innovations Conference in October 2017 at Skolkovo Technopark in Russia.(shutterstock.com/Anton Gvozdikov/File)

Indonesia must move quickly to formulate a policy that would allow it to tap into the potential of digital technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, experts say, or else risk falling out of favor with global tech companies as rising wages and more efficient work processes provide fewer incentives to invest in developing countries. Rapidly growing and disruptive technologies such as AI are expected to have a major impact not only on the economy but also on other aspects of life, from the way we think about social and ethical principles to the formulation of policies, said Yose Rizal Damuri, lead economic researcher for the Jakarta-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Yose said the government would need to transform the way taxation and policy-making were handled with regard to the digital economy — and do it fast. “With aut...