Close to 2,000 experts have said that robotics will advance so much by 2025 that robots will be involved in almost every aspect of our lives.
They said, in a report by the Pew Research Centre, that our educational system is not preparing us for work in the future and we are poorly equipped to handle the hard choices that will have to be made.
There will also be some unemployment where workers are not skilled.
However, there will also be multiple positive outcomes that come developing the technology including freeing us from the most boring aspects of our daily lives.
From Intel to Netflix to Yale University, there were almost 1,900 respondents from the world of technology, innovation and research.
They were asked about what robotics will look like in 11 years time and how the technology will change our jobs and lives in general.
We’ve picked out some of the most intriguing responses from the group:
Robocop on the streets
President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Marc Rotenberg said that there will be drones which can interpret what they see and hear.
“They will likely have both infrared detection as well as the ability to see through solid materials and detect heat signatures. They will certainly have facial recognition capabilities and be integrated with a national biometric center.”
The robots will take over
Internet researcher Mary Joyce said there’s nothing we can do and robots will replace humans.
She said: “To the extent that human workers can be replaced by robots and algorithms, they will be. There’s no reason to believe that firms would behave in any other ways. And social forces, like unions, that would limit these actions, don’t have the strength to prevent these changes.”
The ‘underclass’ will grow
Media studies professor Mark Johns, from the US, argued that there will be an increase in the ‘underclass’ because robots will be more intelligent than humans.
He said: “Many manufacturing and service jobs will be eliminated by intelligent agents in the next decade. Social problems associated with a growing “underclass” will increase.
“The middle class will continue to shrink, and there will be a greater gap between the educated and tech-savvy ‘haves’ and the uneducated ‘have-nots’.”
Work will change
Janet Salmons, a PhD and independent researcher said that the jobs we do will fully change, and humans will be able to be more inventive:
“I expect that the landscape of work will change. I anticipate that there will be more ‘hybrid’ jobs with some tasks done by AI agents and others by real humans.
With any luck, the humans will be able to focus on more creative, innovative efforts with mundane and repetitive tasks completed by AI agents or robots.”
We’ll have more fun
University of North Carolina professor Paul Jones said that the social impact will make us think more about what it is to be human and thus we will have more leisure time.
“I for one welcome my new robot masters. I don’t welcome the loss of jobs or the depersonalization of services.”
The world will be colder
We will be much more antisocial says Vytautas Butrimas from a major government ministry.
“Just look at what is happening at our airport waiting lounges. People sit next to each other but the interaction is not taking place with the neighbour sitting nearby but with a device communicating to some other device.
“The world will be more bureaucratic and ‘cold’ in 2025 than it is today.”