Poll: Would you work for a robot boss?

  • A quarter of UK workers would choose a robot over their current boss
  • 43% opt for the self-scan checkout
  • 61% think that robots are going to take our jobs in the near future

24% of UK workers are open to having a robot boss, showing that AI in the workplace might soon become a welcome reality.

But how do people feel about the increasing dependence on robotics in everyday life – and what are our attitudes on automation when it comes to our superiors?

We surveyed 2,000 employed adults in the UK to find out:


Bots or not?

OK, so some of us might prefer a robot boss, but what about the use of AI in everyday life?

Well, it seems that most of us are happy to give it a chance – even if we aren’t quite sure what it is.

This is shown in the increasing use of chatbots, with 64% of adults having used a chatbot. However, almost 30% admitted they didn’t actually know whether they were talking to a real person or not.

And, with a third of people admitting to browsing a social media feed that’s personalised through AI, and one fifth of adults saying they’ve spoken to a voice assistant – our reliance on robotics might be more prevalent than we think.

You know, just as long as it seems like a human.


Life in the fast self-service check-out lane

Whilst a digital workplace might seem like a not-so-distant reality, that doesn’t mean human service has taken a backseat.

For example, over half of the people we surveyed said they would opt for a cashier manned by a person at the supermarket, while only 43% would opt for the self-scan checkout.

Greater peace of mind and a higher level of reliability were just a few of the key reasons for rejecting robotics.

And with over 50% of recipients preferring the personable interaction they get from a real person, it’s obvious that we aren’t quite ready to go full-on AI just yet.


The future of robot jobs

A staggering 61% agree that computers, automation or robots are going to take the jobs of humans in the near future.

Factory Workers and Receptionists were voted most at risk, whilst robots are seen to lack the human interaction and empathy needed to replace the likes of Doctors, Vets, and Social Workers.

But although over half were worried about robot takeover, that doesn’t mean the rest of us are sure that robots won’t replace human jobs.

In fact, only one in ten believe AI doesn’t have what it takes to replace human jobs, with a further quarter admitting they haven’t yet fully made up their mind.



But what if we really did have to work with robots? Well apparently, most of us think Star Trek provides the best role-models.

In fact, the majority of UK workers named Data as their number one potential robot boss, with Optimus Prime and Wall-E following closely behind.

At least our careers would live long and prosper (etc.)


Top 10 robots to work for

  1. Data (Star Trek)
  2. Optimus Prime (Transformers)
  3. R2D2 (Star Wars)
  4. Terminator
  5. Robocop
  6. K9 (Doctor Who)
  7. Bender (Futurama)
  8. C3PO (Star Wars)
  9. Hal 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey)
  10. Rosie (The Jetsons)



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