NEW YORK – Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan is worried about lost jobs. And he says many people worldwide have lost faith in political and corporate leaders and fear being forgotten and left behind forever.
Annan says it's time for mainstream leaders to explain that innovation and artificial intelligence are taking away jobs — not China or Mexico — and to tell those who have lost their livelihoods: "We are going to retrain you. We are going to prepare you for the new economy coming."
Unfortunately, Annan says, promises have been made about jobs that can't be fulfilled. He said he worries "that next time around people will be angrier, and we may see civil unrest."
The Nobel Peace laureate spoke this week in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press editorial board.