16% of Australians, which translates to about 3.8 million individuals in the country, fear losing their jobs to robots, it has been reported.
A recently report released by AirTasker and PureProfile, shows that about 71% of Australians believe that the rise of technological innovations will have a negative impact on the number and quality of jobs available to individuals in the near future.
The report was a result of a survey conducted by the two firms to ascertain the actual sentiments of Australians regarding the increasing pace of automation in all industries.
According to the report, Australians are generally concerned that the rise of automation is likely to render many of them jobless.
The essence of the worry of many Australians, according to the report, is that as researchers define new and highly advanced types of robots, human workers will suffer the most as the robots replace them at the place of work.
The findings of the report are in sharp contrast to the findings of an earlier report about the impact of robots on job opportunities.
In the earlier report, which was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it was indicated that many Australians believe that the rise of new technologies corresponds with an increase in the number of job opportunities.
The report further states that about 10% of Australians are using new technology-driven services and that this is an indication of the readiness of the population to embrace new job opportunities that come with the rise of new technologies.
According to the CEO of AirTasker, Tim Fung, the findings of the new report form a clear indication that many people in Australia are concerned that robots are likely to take over their jobs soon.
‘This report perfectly quantifies the growing fear among Australians that as companies adopt the use of robots, many people will become jobless,’ he said.
It has also been pointed out that the fear of robots replacing human workers is not unfounded. According to a brief by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) shows that as many developed countries embrace the use of robots, developing countries are likely to bear the burden.
The report points out that the use of robots by developed economies is likely to trigger a wave of re-shoring, thus leaving millions of individuals in developing countries who are dependent on off-shoring dangerously exposed.