According to the Future of Jobs Report 2023 by the World Economic Forum, almost a quarter of jobs (23%) are expected to change, with AI and robotics being the leading drivers of transformation. The report, based on a survey of 803 companies, estimates that employers anticipate 69 million new jobs to be created and 83 million eliminated among the 673 million jobs corresponding to the dataset, a net decrease of 14 million jobs, or 2% of current employment.
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Researchers from the University of Cambridge carried out a study in a tech consultancy firm using two different robot wellbeing coaches, where 26 employees participated in weekly robot-led wellbeing sessions for four weeks. Although the robots had identical voices, facial expressions, and scripts for the sessions, the robots’ physical appearance affected how participants interacted with it.