In a 2016 event, the late University of Cambridge professor Stephen Hawking said that artificial intelligence will be “either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity.” Young Brazilians tend to expect the latter, unsure of their job opportunities in a world where robotics and automation have an increasingly more significant role in companies. As a consequence, it would become much harder for regular people to find jobs, and income inequality will grow.
The Pew Research Center has published a survey on how advanced and emerging economies worry about job automation. The study was performed in ten such countries and shows that large majorities of people are skeptical about the perks of automation for workers. Brazil, however, stands out as a country where this fear is significantly worse among people aged between 18 and 29, as opposed to older age groups. Data shows a 17-percent gap between younger and older workers.