Robots to Oust Humans in the Job Market?

Jeanette Helen Wilson

Published Mon 11 Aug by Jeanette Helen Wilson in Miscellaneous

A new study by Pew Research looks at the near-future predictions for how artificial intelligence will shape our working lives by 2025

Pew Research has recently published a report about whether the progression and expansion of AI (artificial intelligence) will make or break the jobs market, further widening the gap between rich and poor.

The report used results from a survey of nearly two thousand AI, robotics or economics experts.

Naysayers (who amount to 48% of experts) predict redundancy of blue and white collar workers, further monopoly on wealth by the richest few, and social unrest as a result.

The experts who felt pessimistic about the world's increasing dependence on AI warned it could lead to 'vast increases in income inequality, masses of people who are effectively unemployable and the possibility of breakdowns in the social order.'

Soothsayers (52%) said the picture looked far rosier, with job creation higher than decimation. Those who felt optimistic about the progression of AI in the years leading up to 2025 saw “a future in which robots and digital agents do not displace more jobs than they create,” said Aaron Smith, who co-authored the report.

Experts agreed that our education systems must start preparing us for 'a post-automation world.'

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