This is what freaks American workers out the most about robots
By Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch
People have reached a tipping point over the future of automation
Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have sounded warnings (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bill-gates-updates-the-plastics-advice-from-the-graduate-for-2017-2017-05-16) about automation. And the American public appears to be listening.
Most Americans expect these advancements to have a negative impact on both the workforce and the U.S. economy, according to a new survey of more than 4,100 people in the U.S. released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C. Some 67% of people are worried rather than enthusiastic (22%) about algorithms evaluating and choosing job candidates. People are more sanguine when it comes to driverless cars (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-issuing-new-rules-for-self-driving-cars-meant-to-speed-up-development-2017-09-12) (54% express worry) and robot caregivers (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-robots-will-help-take-care-of-older-americans-2017-08-29) (47% express worry).
The findings suggest workers are fearful of automation:
-- 72% of Americans are worried about robots replacing human jobs -- more than double the share (33%) that is enthusiastic
-- 77% of people think it's realistic that robots and computers might one day be able to do many of the jobs currently done by humans
-- And yet only 30% think it "very or somewhat likely" that their own jobs or professions will be done by robots or computers in their lifetimes