According to a group of artificial intelligence experts from Japan and the United Kingdom,n39% of the time you currently spend on home chores will likely be spent by a robot in the future. Hence, the need to be ready!
The research team who published their findings in PLoS ONE believes that within the next ten years, AI may help with many of the household chores that are currently time-consuming and unpaid.
According to a previous study, people in the United Kingdom between the ages of 15 and 64 typically spend 43% of their work and study time on unpaid home tasks.
These can include household tasks like cooking and cleaning, looking after young or elderly people, and anything else that could theoretically be replaced by products on the market.
In the UK alone, working-age men take around half as long as working-age women to finish these tasks. Japanese men devote just 18% more time to housework than do Japanese women.
Nevertheless, very little research has looked at how different AI experts’ predictions regarding automation differ or how automation stacks up against unpaid domestic labor.
Thus, the study’s authors consulted 36 Japanese experts and 29 AI experts from the United Kingdom. During the next ten years, the team had to predict how “automatable” 17 distinct home and care tasks would become.
Throughout the next ten years, robots are expected to replace humans for nearly 39% of the time that people currently spend performing any given home task.
Naturally, estimations varied significantly between assignments. Grocery buying was the task that was most likely to be automated (59%). The task that was least automatable (21%) was physical childcare.
The expectation that automation will replace domestic labour is interestingly higher among British specialists (42%) than among Japanese specialists (36%).
The study’s authors speculate that this might be the case because technology and labor replacement are more closely related in the UK than in Japan.
British men tend to be more supportive of the automation of housework than their female colleagues. This is in line with earlier study that revealed men have a more positive attitude toward technology than women do.
However, the pattern was actually reversed among Japanese tech experts, with women being a little more optimistic. Researchers believe that the results may have been influenced by the gender imbalance in household work in Japan.
To be clear, the study’s authors stress that the sample size is too small because it is not statistically representative of the industry to generalize the project’s findings to all AI experts.
The team adds that these predictions actively influence how jobs will be filled in the future. They arrive to the conclusion that more women and people of different cultures need to participate in research.