Tuesday, December 13, 2005

100,000 Koreans to Work for Robots by 2013

Seoul set to expand robotics market to W100tr by 2020

The plan envisions Korea accounting for 15 percent of the global robotics market by 2013 with a total production sales volume of 30 trillion won and annual export shipments of $20 billion. The industry will create 100,000 more jobs in the robotics sector, the government said.

These and other decisions were made yesterday at a meeting of the National Science and Technology Council, presided over by Science and Technology Minister Oh Myung.

The council said the intelligent robotics industry will get strategic support to become the backbone of the government-led "Next-generation Growth Engines" program, which is intended to develop key technologies that could feed the nation in the future.

The government's concept of intelligent robots calls for robots based on information technology. These robots are also called "ubiquitous robotic companions" as they will be network-based to provide necessary services anytime, anywhere.

The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper

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