Most Americans think that automation and AI research won’t benefit them or the economy in the long run. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 72 percent of Americans are “worried” about robots replacing human jobs, with just 33 percent being “enthusiastic”.
Sixty-seven percent think computers should not be the ones to evaluate resumes and picking candidates in a company. When it comes to driverless technology, only 55 percent of Americans think automated cars are not a good thing. Forty-seven percent said robots should not replace human caregivers either.
Pew researchers also reported that 77% of respondents believe robots could become so advanced that they could replace humans across many fields of activity. Around 30% think that their jobs could be automated at some time in their lifetimes.
Pew researchers concluded that the American public is worried about machines taking their jobs and making decisions in their place. Most respondents, however, aren’t convinced computer algorithms could ever replace human insight and creativity.
Most Americans support laws and regulations that would curb the development of such technologies.
Americans are also concerned that robots may make inequality worse and that low-paying jobs would vanish. Seventy-six percent told Pew that robots and algorithms could make inequality “much worse” when they take over their jobs.
25M Jobs to Be Replaced by Robots in a Decade
Only one in four Americans thinks that robots may lead to better paying jobs. Sixty-four percent worry that people would have a great difficulty in finding a place to work if their competitors are super-computers and advanced machines.
Northwestern University found that 25 million jobs will disappear because of automation by 2027. The researchers warn that higher taxes should be imposed on robots as a cheap automation would lead to an unprecedented rise in income inequality.
One piece of good news is that high-paying jobs will be less likely killed by robots. A White House report showed earlier this year that jobs paying up to $20 per hour could be trimmed by 80%, those paying $30-to-$40 per hour have a risk of disappearing of 31%, while jobs paying more than $40 per hour have only a 4 percent risk of being replaced by robots.
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