Pew study: Split views over whether robots will cause net gain or loss for jobs

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FILE - This March 19, 2013, file photo shows the iCub robot trying to catch a ball during the Innorobo European summit, an event dedicated to the service robotics industry, in Lyon, central France. The iCub robot, created by the Italian Institute of ... Technology, is used for research into human cognition and artificial intelligence. Robots and artificial intelligence could create a near-dystopian income gap, kill all low-skill jobs, or have little impact over the next decade. That according to nearly 2,000 experts surveyed for a new study from Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File) (The Associated Press)

Robots and artificial intelligence could either kill low-skill jobs or create new types of work over the next decade.

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They also could have very little impact at all.

That's according to 1,900 respondents to a new survey released Wednesday by Pew Research Center's Internet Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center.

Respondents were evenly divided when asked how they see jobs being affected by artificial intelligence by the year 2025. Some say self-driving vehicles could be common, eliminating a need for taxi cab and long-haul truck drivers. Others think the wealthy could end up living in "walled cities, with robots providing the labor."

Others were more conservative, cautioning that humans are not so easily replaceable and technology never moves quite as fast as people expect.