Russian people are afraid of losing jobs to robots

Every third resident of Russia fears that the development of artificial intelligence may indirectly threaten his own employment. This is evidenced by the results of a recent survey conducted in 30 countries. Every second Russian citizen suggests that they consider it necessary to regulate AI to protect jobs.

According to the survey, in Russia, 35 percent of all respondents are concerned about possible problems associated with the ethical use of artificial intelligence systems (32 percent are worried around the world as a whole). Also, 35 percent of Russians are confused by the opacity of the decisions made by AI, and 32 percent are not sure that such algorithms are capable of generating accurate results. Opinions that the modern educational system does not allow the younger generation to prepare for the future labor market are held by 32 percent of respondents.

A similar survey was conducted in 2017: then a third of Russians agreed with the statement that robots will replace most of the existing jobs. However, at that time only 6 percent of the country’s inhabitants admitted that progress could leave them personally unemployed, while 74 percent were of the opinion that the development of AI would not affect their career in any way.

At the same time, today artificial intelligence copes well with many responsibilities that previously required the participation of a professional person. Only relatively recently, one computer algorithm has helped scientists find a previously unknown planet in a star system similar to the Solar; another one painted a picture sold at auction for hundreds of thousands of dollars; and a third one learned to predict which house a house thief is most likely to choose for next theft. In addition, self-learning programs have mastered chess, poker, and some computer games.

A few years ago, Moshe Vardi, a scientist from Rice University in Houston, predicted that robots would leave half of the people unemployed in the next three decades.


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