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Two thirds of workers think AI will take over more jobs than it creates – survey

Experts have suggested that AI will certainly change the way many people work, but will perhaps not cause mass lay-offs.

August Graham
Friday 19 May 2023 13:01 BST
Upgrades to AI software has thrust the technology into the spotlight this year.(John Walton/PA)
Upgrades to AI software has thrust the technology into the spotlight this year.(John Walton/PA) (PA Wire)

Nearly two in three workers in the UK think the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) will take away more jobs that it will create, but many fewer are worried about their own prospects, a new study has suggested.

In a poll taken earlier this month before BT said it might lose around 10,000 workers to AI by the end of the decade, 62% of working Britons said that robotics and AI would take over more jobs than they create.

The YouGov survey of 1,169 people found that 8% said more jobs will be created than lost, while 14% said it would be around the same. The survey was carried out between May 5 and May 9.

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