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Majority of U.S. workers feel robots will take their job

Sheetal Sukhija - Friday 6th October, 2017

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - A new survey conducted by Pew Research Center has found that over 70 percent U.S. workers surveyed believe that a robot could take their job.

The survey about automation, that included 4,135 respondents from across the U.S. revealed that three-quarters said it's 'somewhat realistic' that robots will perform most jobs.

With robots already taking over manual roles and replacing workers on factory production lines, fears were high amongst Americans who have said that their role will soon be taken by a robot. 

Pew is said to have found widespread anxiety about the general impact of technological change. 

Three-quarters of Americans said that they fear computers will eventually perform most of the jobs currently done by people. 

Reports indicated that the findings is sure to have an impact on technology companies that are working on robots.

About three-quarters of those surveyed also revealed that they are worried that if robots do take their jobs, it would make problems like inequality worse.

Aaron Smith, associate director at the Pew Research Center, said in the report, “The public expects a number of different jobs and occupations to be replaced by technology in the coming decades, but few think their own job is heading in that direction.”

Further, the survey pointed out that more than half of respondents expect that fast food workers, insurance claims processors and legal clerks will be mostly replaced by robots and computers during their lifetimes. 

It said that merely two-thirds of those surveyed think that most retailers will be fully automated in 20 years, with little or no human interaction between customers and employees.

Recently, expert analyses found some less dramatic impacts from automation than studies from several years ago that suggested up to half of the jobs could be automated.

Last week, the education company Pearson, Oxford University, and the Nesta Foundation released a report that found that just one in five workers are in occupations that will shrink by 2030.

The Pew survey meanwhile also found that just six percent of the respondents said that they themselves have either lost a job or seen their hours or incomes cut because of automation. 

The report said that nearly half of those respondents have said that technology has actually made it harder for them to advance in their careers.

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