Americans Believe Robots Will Take Everyone Else’s Job, But Not Theirs

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Americans are truly in denial over the transformation of global labor markets, where robots could replace almost 50% of all workers by 2030. As this further necessitates a Universal Basic Income, people will exist at the instance of the state.  TN Editor

You may accept, by now, that robots will take over lots of jobs currently held by human workers. But you probably believe they won’t be taking yours. Though other industries are in danger, your position is safe.

That’s according to a report released Thursday by LivePerson, a cloud-based messaging company that provides customer service messaging software to companies and which surveyed 2,000 U.S.-based consumers online in January. Their researchers find that only three percent of respondents say they experience fear about losing their job to a robot once a week. By contrast, more than 40 percent of respondents never worry about it.

And a whopping 65 percent of respondents either strongly or somewhat agree that other industries will suffer because of automation, but theirs will be fine.

Despite the barrage of headlines about the imminent danger of automation — some of the biggest names in tech, including Elon Musk and Bill Gates, have floated ideas for how to cope with it — most Americans don’t interact with AI enough to fully understand the threat. Those who are more familiar with sophisticated robotics are more afraid of losing their jobs than those who are less familiar, the report says.

A much-cited 2013 study by Oxford University’s Carl Frey and Michael Osborne estimates that 47 percent of U.S. jobs will be replaced by robots and automated technology in the next ten to twenty years.

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