Most young people around the world see technology as job creator, but they do not trust the decisions robots can make for them. Especially at the wheel.
Artificial intelligence is the “next big technological trend” and education (20%), health (15%) and industry (14%) are the three segments that most can benefit from it, in the opinion of most young people across the globe.
These are some of the conclusions that are among the results of the 2017 edition of the Global Shapers Annual Survey, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, which had more than 31,000 participants from 186 countries, ages 18-35, who Have shared their vision on different areas, from economics to politics.
For 79% of the young respondents the technology is creating jobs, as opposed to 21% who consider that it is destroying them. In any case, work and career are pointed out as the aspects that technology will most influence in the next decade, followed by education (45%), travel and mobility (38%) and shopping and lifestyle (32%).
Artificial intelligence, on the other hand, was voted the “next big technological trend” with 28% of opinions, followed by biotechnology (12%), Internet of Things (9%), robotics (9%) and Autonomous cars (7%).
But there are some limits to this “technological enthusiasm” among young people. For example, 44% reject the idea of having a skin implant to increase their capabilities and 50% do not support the creation of rights for humanoid robots. The choice of the answer “Yes” had only 14% of the votes, while 36% chose “Maybe”.
In addition, it seems that respondents ultimately do not want to leave the wheel of the car, when most participants (51%) responded by strongly disagreeing or disagreeing over whether they would trust the decisions made by a robot instead.