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Almost two-thirds of Filipinos believe robots will take jobs away from many of them

Visions of a utopic society, where robots do all the work while humans enjoy all the leisure, have largely come and gone. Developments in genetics, artificial intelligence and robotics mean that robots could instead destroy livelihoods across vast swathes of the population, with recent research suggesting that about 45% of the activities people are paid to do could be automated over the next few decades.

However, new data from YouGov Omnibus suggest that Filipinos are cautiously optimistic about the impact of robots on society. Overall, 73% of Filipinos believe that robots will make our lives easier and three-quarters agree that robots can do things humans don’t want to do.

8 in 10 would like a robot to do their cleaning

Most Filipinos are happy to welcome robots into their lives, with just 1 in 20 saying they would not want a robot.

Out of a list of twelve possible functions, the most popular use for a robot is to help with cleaning the house, which almost 8 in 10 would want. Other popular choices include security (chosen by 76% of respondents) and assistance at work (selected by 68%).

Women and men appear to be in broad agreement about the use of robots for household chores such as cleaning the house, gardening and carrying things. However, they are more divided about the use of robots for security (79% of men would want a robot for security, whereas 72% of women do) and driving (36% of men would want to robot to help with driving, while 25% of women would want the same).

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