Robots To Replace You By 2025
Robots and artificial intelligence programs will become a regular part of life by 2025, rolling into stores, homes and workplaces, according to experts. But according to a new report, there's no similar consensus on what that will mean.
The report sought for an answer to a simple question: How will 'robot revolution' affect humankind's ability to earn a fair day's wage for a fair day's work?
52 percent of respondents said robots won't displace more jobs than they create, while 48 percent responded affirmative.
Researchers surveyed more than 1,800 industry experts, scholars and other analysts.
"There was obviously no clear consensus at all among the folks surveyed," said Aaron Smith, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center's Internet Project and lead author of the report, in the press release.
Majority of respondents certainly agreed that robotic technologies such as driverless cars, robot caregivers and intelligent digital agents will be ubiquitous parts of daily life within a decade, but they clearly diverged on whether these developments will have a positive or negative outcome.
The 52 percent of respondents who believed robots won't displace more jobs than they would create, said that historically technology has taken over some jobs but has ultimately created more jobs than it has displaced.
"Technology will continue to disrupt jobs, but more jobs seem likely to be created," said Jonathan Grudin, a principal researcher for Microsoft in Seattle.
However, the remaining 48 percent of respondents expressed concerns.
"As just one aspect of the rise of robots and AI, widespread use of autonomous cars and trucks will be the immediate end of taxi drivers and truck drivers [the No. 1 occupation for men in the United States]," said Stowe Boyd, lead researcher at GigaOM, a media company and research firm based in San Francisco, according to Live Science.
The research has been published online.