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7 in 10 Singaporeans Believe Robots Will Take Jobs Away from Them

Published: Nov 06,2017

New data from YouGov Omnibus suggest that Singaporeans are cautiously optimistic about the impact of robots on society. Overall, three-quarters of Singaporeans believe that robots will make our lives easier and 8 in 10 agree that robots can do things humans don’t want to do.

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Most Singaporeans 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 desired use for a robot is to help with cleaning the house, which nearly 9 in 10 would want. Other popular choices include assistance at work (selected by 60%) and security (chosen by 57% of respondents).

Women and men appear to be in broad agreement about the use of robots for household chores such as cleaning the house and gardening. However, they are divided about the use of robots for tasks such as security (65% of men would want a robot for security, compared with 49% of women), assistance at work (64% of men to 56% of women) and managing finances (24% of men to 16% of women).

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