Rise of the robots, at last

Rise of the robots, at last

Djitt Laowattana sees his life's work move from theory to practice under Thailand 4.0.

Dr Djitt Laowattana, founder of the Institute of Field Robotics (FIBO). PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
Dr Djitt Laowattana, founder of the Institute of Field Robotics (FIBO). PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN

It's been almost a lifetime wait for robotics guru Djitt Laowattana, but automation and robotics systems are beginning to reshape the country.

These technologies are seen as a game-changer for the country's industrial sector. The government is keen on adopting policies in the Thailand 4.0 era that will ensure economic mobility over the next few decades.

Since the financial crisis of 1997, Thai economic growth has been driven by the export and manufacturing sectors, but GDP growth has registered a slow pace of 3-4% a year. Average income per person has hovered at US$6,000 a year, signalling a middle-income trap.

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