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

Small BusinessAssociated 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.