Over 40% of people believe AI will replace their job

William S. | March 22, 2023

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has sparked both excitement and fear in the workforce. While some see the potential for increased efficiency and innovation, others worry about the potential for job displacement. In addition, millions of people already use AI models like ChatGPT and Dall-E.

According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, 42% of people believe that AI will replace jobs in their area of work. Despite that, many people have favorable emotions when thinking about AI, while some also express negative feelings towards AI technology.

The data is based on The University of Queensland and KPMG Australia global survey Trust in Artificial Intelligence: A Global Study. The research was conducted between September and October 2022. The total sample included 17,193 respondents from 17 countries representing the adult population on gender, age, and regional distribution.

About 2 out of 5 people (42%) perceive that AI will either replace jobs or perform key aspects of their work. AI models like ChatGPT can already write articles on specific topics or help copywriters write text for a company website. Besides, other AI tools help automate tasks, collect and analyze data, create graphic designs, or handle basic customer queries.

However, a similar percentage (39%) of people disagree that AI will overtake their work. Some jobs still require a physical intervention of a person and, at the moment, can not be replaced by AI. However, companies like Boston Dynamics are working on AI-powered robots that might fundamentally change the relationship between humans and computers.

Nearly a fifth (19%) of the respondents felt neutral about AI replacing them in their work. Some people may not be fully aware of the extent to which AI could automate their tasks. Others may have skills or knowledge that are not easily replicated by AI and therefore are less concerned about being replaced.

More optimism than fear

While some individuals may feel optimistic about the benefits of AI, others may feel anxious. The possibility of job displacement or the potential loss of control over decision-making processes can be worrying. Moreover, using AI in specific domains, such as healthcare or law enforcement, can raise ethical concerns.

Respondents chose multiple emotions that they are feeling toward AI. The percentage below shows that the surveyees feel ‘moderately’, ‘very’, or ‘extremely’ about a specific emotion.

About two-thirds (67%) of people feel optimistic about the benefits AI can bring to society. In addition, 60% of respondents express excitement about AI technology. Despite various concerns, most people view AI as a tool that can bring positive changes and solutions to many problems.

Almost three out of five (57%) people feel relaxed about the future of AI. A relaxed attitude may be due to the increasing familiarity with AI and its potential benefits, such as increased efficiency and productivity in various industries.

At the same time, 48% and 47% of respondents express worry or even fear regarding AI’s impact on humanity. Moreover, a quarter (24%) of people are outraged by AI applications. The concern around AI is likely due to the potential risks associated with its misuse or unintended consequences.

As the progress of AI persists, there is no denying that it will have a significant impact on the workforce. As we move forward, it will be crucial to strike a balance between innovation and ethical considerations to ensure that AI is used for the betterment of society.

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William S.

William S.

Cybersecurity Researcher and Publisher at Atlas VPN. Focused on revealing the latest cybersecurity trends around the world.

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