Research into the use of robots has found that generally
speaking the majority of Brits (64%) feel positively about them.
Most recognise the benefits of robots; however, there is a fear
that they will steal people's jobs and need careful management in
A fifth of respondents to the Eurobarometer report by Kantar's
TNS Opinion, are interested in buying a robot for their home at
some point in the future, but respondents still feel unhappy with
the idea of robots performing certain tasks. For example, a
majority would feel uncomfortable with the idea of having a robot
provide services and companionship to elderly or infirm people
(51%), and having a medical operation performed on them by a robot
(55%). And just over a quarter of people say they'd feel
uncomfortable having a robot assist them in work.
Six out of ten people (59%) say they would feel uncomfortable
travelling in an 'autonomous vehicle' (that's a driverless car to
me and you!) Slightly more than a third (35%) would feel
comfortable or fairly comfortable.
Although a majority (57%) believe that civil drones are an
efficient way of transporting and delivering goods, 67% agree that
civil drones are a threat to privacy.
The European Commission asked TNS Opinion to conduct research
into people's attitudes towards robots as it is aware that some
people have concerns about the rapid pace of technological change,
and about the role which robots could play in our future society.
To read more from the report visit the Eurobarometer website.
Source : Kantar TNS