Long before Arnie donned his leather jacket and uttered the immortal words ‘I’ll be back’, humans have been fascinated with the idea of robots (and their potential to take over the world/ clean our kitchens). Even before Karel Capek coined the word ‘robot’ in his 1920 play Rossum’s Universal Robot (thanks Wikipedia) the ancient Greeks and Chinese had notions of artificial intelligence.
But, according to the recently published Curve report, a future where robots find everyday employment in fields such as journalism, law and medicine isn’t too far off. The survey reveals that 27% of Gen X and Y-ers agree, and 43% somewhat agree that robots will be smarter than humans. And a staggering 55% agree that they could eventually feel empathetic towards a robot colleague.
Fortunately, a generous 87% of them felt that robots should have some sort of human supervision, so at least we’ll still have something to do.