Forty per cent of respondents to Fujitsu’s survey were troubled by the phenomenon of “social anxiety and the role technology plays in promoting a more reclusive and less social lifestyle”. In an era where technology is bringing us closer to driverless cars and robot servants, the majority of Irish people still feel a little uncomfortable at the prospect of a brave new world.

New research has found that, while Irish consumers are broadly positive about the improvements innovation brings to life, there are limits. Most feel ill-prepared to give their lives over to a society run by robots, artificial intelligence and algorithms. A report published by Fujitsu, one of the world’s largest ICT companies, found that while 42 per cent of people believe technology to be society’s main driver of change, fewer than a third are “fully prepared” to meet it.

With innovation sweeping virtually every sector, a cultural shift may be required. Almost two-thirds of Irish consumers would not be happy about having illnesses diagnosed by AI doctors (62 per cent), and only one in five (19 per cent) would be comfortable with having their CV analysed by algorithm.

And, in an era where parents worry their children’s future jobs will be given to machines, almost half of respondents (46 per cent) would be uneasy about being served by a supermarket robot. “To ensure the Irish public can keep up and embrace technology innovations .

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