Americans have already begun to brace themselves for the impending robot takeover of the workforce—but most still believe their jobs are safe. That’s the finding of a new study released by Pew Thursday morning: Some two-thirds of the Americans believe that in fifty years, robots and computers will “probably” or “definitely” be performing most of the work currently carried out by humans.
By Rachel Pick|MOTHERBOARD
However, 80 percent of those polled also said their own job will “probably” or “definitely” still exist at that time, revealing perhaps that most of us think that ourown jobs could only be performed by a human being.
The data reveals a fascinating contradiction: While we might believe automation is a threat to the workforce at large, individually, we seem mostly confident that we’re irreplaceable. This natural strain of narcissism could create a blind spot, enabling workforce automation to take us by surprise.