The progress of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robots has not only attracted the attention of people from all walks of life, but it has also caused public concern. According to the survey report, more than 70% of Americans believe that artificial intelligence will eliminate more job opportunities, and more than half think that new technology threatens job opportunities more than immigration and outsourcing.
The survey was conducted by Northeastern University and research firm Gallup, and the survey was conducted on approximately 3,000 American adults. Up to 73% of Americans believe that artificial intelligence will make more people unemployed, and only 14% think that artificial intelligence creates more job opportunities than eliminated, and blue-collar workers are 82% more worried that artificial intelligence will reduce employment opportunities.
In the survey, 58% of Americans believe that in the next decade, technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will pose a more serious threat to job opportunities than immigration and outsourcing. Relatively 42% of Americans view immigration and outsourcing as a greater threat. In addition to unemployment, more than 60% of Americans believe that artificial intelligence will widen the gap between the rich and the poor and believe that less than 10% of the gap between the rich and the poor can be narrowed.
The progress of new technologies has brought about a lot of panic. Nearly a quarter of American workers are worried that they will lose their jobs due to artificial intelligence and new technologies such as robotics. They are almost twice as worried about immigration and outsourcers. Among them, those who do not have a bachelor’s degree in education are the most worried, and 28% worry that they will be eliminated by new technologies.
Americans’ concerns about new technologies are not groundless. A study from Oxford University showed that nearly half (47%) of U.S. jobs are at risk of being eliminated by artificial intelligence. There are disagreements on the impact of immigration and outsourcing from all walks of life. Some reports show that more job opportunities are created by immigration and outsourcing than reductions.
Faced with the challenges of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Donald Trump government did not have much of a move. The United States Secretary of the Treasury (Steven Mnuchin) even stated that there is no need to worry that artificial intelligence will take away American job opportunities in 50 years. Compared with artificial intelligence, Trump’s exclusion is more concerned with immigration’s possible replacement of American jobs.