For years, workers have feared how automation may threaten their jobs in the future. Now, their bosses may be feeling those same jitters.
Consulting firm Accenture recently surveyed a wide group of managers about their attitudes on cognitive computing and the future of the workforce. The study — conducted in August and September of this year across 17 different industries — surveyed more than 1,700 managers and found that while many managers believe intelligent machines will make them more effective, some are concerned these machines may threaten their jobs in the future.
These managers feel as though they are currently spending most of their time on tasks that intelligent machines can automate in the future, according to Accenture's findings.
Source: Accenture Strategy
Moreover, managers in the tech industry are most concerned that intelligent machines could threaten their positions: Some 50 percent in the survey felt this way, according to the firm. Managers in the banking sector also felt similarly (49 percent), as did bosses in the airline sector (42 percent), and retail (41 percent).