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Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla says economic openness allows countries to "harvest the fruit of globalization."

Beware of robots, says Indonesian Vice President Kalla

Developing countries face twin threats from technology and protectionism

SHOTARO TANI, Nikkei staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Sophisticated automation technology, such as robotics, could spell disaster for the world economy, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said at a forum in Tokyo on Monday.

"If advanced economies decide to use robots and automation technology extensively in their industries, it could be the worst 'tragedy of the common[s]' in human history," Kalla told the 23rd International Conference on The Future of Asia, saying that automation risks destroying the connection between production and income.

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