Robots should be ideal at home or in the workplace, right? These fully co-operative, obedient and reliable machines should make all our lives easier, right? They can’t think for themselves, they can’t make decisions for themselves, they can’t take out the human race, right?!
Whether or not they’ve been influenced by popular TV shows and movies alike, Brits are not particularly comfortable with the idea of a robot at home or in the office. They prefer in the workplace but let’s just say they are not doing backflips about either.
Technology recruitment company Dice surveyed 2,000 people and found that 47% wanted a robot in their home compared to 55% in the office. As you might expect, 18-34 year-olds were the most comfortable with the idea, 55% for homes and 64% in the workplace.
The majority of the respondents (60%) thought the best role for robots in the home would be for cleaning, or doing admin tasks at work (52%).
People were even less fond of putting their lives in the hands of a robot, with 66% uncomfortable with the idea of the robot driving their car. It also appears they want to keep interaction to a minimum; 60% wouldn’t want it to babysit their children and 57% wouldn’t want it to take their kids to school – it’s quite likely that it won’t be able to help with the school bullies.
Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise because in October, a similar survey found that the majority of workers were unhappy with having a robot as a boss.
Again, it’s worth re-iterating, Will Smith has warned us about these things.
Cleaners might have to look over their shoulders as the respondents chose this as the most likely job to be replaced by robots (55%) in the next 10 years, ahead of receptionists (52%) and train drivers (52%).
However they don’t imagine seeing Robocop in real life for a while as the respondents ranked doctors (13%) and police (11%) as the least likely to be replaced.