Fear of the machine
One-quarter of Europeans would prefer policy decisions to be taken by artificial intelligence rather than by politicians. However, while people are disillusioned with governments, they still ask them at the same time to tackle the societal and economic negative effects that emerging technologies might have, according to the European Tech Insights 2019 report from Spain’s Center for the Governance of Change.
“Amid the vagaries of Brexit and current questions around the European model of representative democracy, the results tellingly reflect significant levels of disillusion towards politicians,” the report says.
But citizens’ dislike of the march of the machines is significant. Three-quarters of those surveyed think governments should set limits on the number of jobs firms can replace with machines, the same proportion which believes businesses should only be allowed to substitute jobs that are dangerous or unhealthy.
In addition, two-thirds back imposing additional taxes on companies that eliminate jobs due to automation, while more than 70% want to see more support for those affected through job losses.