Tuesday 16 July 2019

Majority of Irish people think robots are coming for our jobs - survey

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Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Three out of four Irish people think automation and robots will cause unemployment, a new survey of 1000 people claims.

However, the iReach survey also says that most people believe robots will be good for the economy.

The poll claims that just 16pc of us see “no threat” to employment in Ireland as advances are made in technology. And 76pc of Irish people believe that job automation will contribute to a rise in unemployment here.

However, 55pc view job automation as “positive for the Irish economy”. Almost everyone (94pc) believes that “large scale job automation” will occur at some point in the future, with just under half (46pc) predicting that it will happen “in the very near future”.

As to what kind of automation might come next, two thirds of us doubt that robot receptionists or assistants on wheels will become common in hotels or retail outlets.

“56pc predict that this robotic way of running a hospitality business will not become a threat in Ireland, with the top cited reason that a high level of customer service trumps a robot, as people want the personal touch,” said thesurvey results.

Respondents’ experience of automated systems to date are dominated by self-checkouts (80pc), online check-ins (74pc) and ATMs (91pc).

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