Will Robots Create Unemployable Masses?
(STL Today) – The good news, according to a study released this week, is that a majority of tech experts canvassed by the Pew Research Center Internet Project don’t think robots are going to displace too many jobs by 2025.
The bad news is that this majority — 52 percent — is ever so slight.
Forty-eight percent of the nearly 1,900 industry experts, Internet analysts and tech enthusiasts queried by the research organization imagine a more dystopian future, one in which robots and “digital agents” have displaced many jobs and where there are “vast increases in income inequality, masses of people who are effectively unemployable, and breakdowns in the social order,” according to the report.
“There was a group of people who took the economic view — technology has been shifting and changing jobs since the Industrial Revolution, and there’s no reason to think this will change with the new wave of advances,” says Aaron Smith, a senior researcher at Pew and a co-author of the report.