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Although there has been word regarding the “inevitable robot takeover” in the job market, that might not be true. Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers have suggested that the rumours about automation takeover are, for now, considerably exaggerated.  

The rate at which robots are assuming human jobs is slower than thought

A sociology professor at BYU, Eric Dahlin, says that robots are assuming human jobs at a slower rate than is believed. Researchers indicate that people exaggerate the rate at which robots are taking human jobs. 

Most importantly, the study authors established that only 14% of workers had their jobs taken by robots. Yet, surprisingly these individuals are more inclined to exaggerate the likelihood of robots displacing humans from jobs by almost three times. 

Researchers surveyed 2,000 individuals for the study and asked them about their views regarding robots replacing humans in jobs. Respondents were required to estimate the percentage of employees that had lost their jobs to robots. Also, researchers asked them if their employer had ever replaced a job with a robot. 

Around 14% of workers who a robot had replaced indicated that robots had replaced 47% of the jobs. Individuals who haven’t had a job directly taken over by automation have a tendency to exaggerate the trend, estimating that robots have replaced around 29% of all employees.

Perception of robots taking over exaggerated

Dahlin said that the perceptions of robots taking over human jobs are generally considerably exaggerated. Individuals yet to lose jobs to robots exaggerated the estimate threefold. 

Authors speculate that spectacular headlines in recent years painting a bleak employment picture driven by ever-expanding technology have likely exaggerated the risk of automation taking over jobs. However, it’s fascinating to note that since the 1800s, individuals have been concerned about being displaced by automated procedures.

According to Dahlin latest technologies will continue being adopted without considering the relevant contextual barriers like economic, cultural and governmental guidelines that support the production, use and sale of the tech. However, although technology applies to something, it doesn’t mean it shall be implemented.