A study commissioned by Kaspersky, a global cybersecurity company, lifts the lid on consumer fears around the future of artificial intelligence and social robotics. · Half of Millennials are terrified of AI causing a

Hollywood-style dystopian future · Four-in-10 are scared of robots with human

emotions · 39% are concerned AI technology will outsmart

mankind by 2045 · 60% fear jobs being replaced by AI technology

in the future Consumers are terrified of the dystopian futures,

often depicted in popular science fiction, becoming a reality. A third (33%) of the UK population are concerned that AI robots will cause a real-life apocalypse according to the study. Many respondents also admit they are overwhelmed by AI, as well as harbouring fears that the technology could one day outsmart mankind. Rapid development of AI and social robotics has

led to consumers becoming wary that this technology may threaten humanity. In fact, almost

four-in-10 respondents (39%) are terrified that the worst-case scenarios of AI and smart devices turning bad – as highlighted in films and TV shows – could come true. Despite the rise in the number of smart devices

and services on the market, consumers still fear that humans could one day be intellectually inferior to robots. Nearly four-in-10 (39%) of us are concerned that AI robots will outsmart mankind by 2045 and the same number admit to being scared of robots programmed with emotions. Surprisingly, this particular answer jumps to 55% amongst 25 to 34-year-olds – those who, one might assume, are more accustomed to using AI technology than other generations. As part of its investigation into public attitudes

towards AI, Kaspersky found Millennials are more worried than other demographics. Nearly half (49%) fear Hollywood-style worst-case scenarios. “We must all do our part in playing down any

scaremongering or misinformation about AI technology. While some products and services, like smart speakers, may seem incredibly intelligent and

capable of seamlessly meeting our needs, they are all designed with a defined, specific purpose,” said David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky. “The key thing for consumers to remember is

that while AI solutions cannot outsmart them, they can be hacked by cybercriminals who could pose a real risk. There is a very long way to go if such technology is ever going to threaten civilisation without human intervention, and it is even estimated that developers are more than a century away from creating true AI.” Besides the doomsday outcomes raised above,

consumers also have more immediate concerns about how AI will influence the workplace. For instance, 60% are concerned that jobs could be replaced by AI technology in the future. Almost half (49%) agree that today’s children will find it hard to get a job in adulthood because of AI technology. Kaspersky commissioned Arlington Research to

undertake quantitative research amongst a nationally representative sample of 2000 UK adults.

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It is quite fortuitous that our final issue of the year features many articles on the subject of the digital transformation taking place in manufacturing and processing, because it is these subjects that will no doubt be our industry’s main focus next year. As we begin to understand and

reap the benefits of the technologies associated with Industry 4.0, IIoT, Big Data, AI, VR, and AR, we are also starting to question data security and the true integrity of manufacturing processes when so much data is being collected, analysed and stored in so many different ways. 2020 will inevitably see us take

further tentative steps into our digital future, but we must proceed with caution. Wishing all our readers a very

happy Christmas and New Year, in the real world rather than the virtual one! Michelle Lea

Britain’s manufacturers are urging the leaders of the main political parties to move on from blame- driven politics and demonstrate to the electorate they have real vision and ambition for the UK economy in the next parliament and, the policies to back it up. The call, made by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation in ‘Backing Manufacturers, The Makers Manifesto’, comes ahead of the general election. As such, Make UK believes the

immediate priority for the next Government must be to come to an agreement with the EU on a future trading relationship which delivers: · Frictionless trade · Regulatory alignment · Access to labour, and · A lengthy transition period that

allow businesses time to adapt to change Commenting, Make UK Chief


Executive, Stephen Phipson, said the public and businesses ‘want to see pledges that will support the creation of the skilled jobs we need,

equip their children with the education and skills for the future and anchor value creating businesses in the UK...’ Make UK has published a top

fifteen priority list for the first year of an incoming government: 1. Fix the failing Apprenticeship

Levy; 2. Increase support for exports to drive economic growth; 3. Ensure sustainable funding for STEM subjects; 4. Cut the cost of energy for Energy Intensive Industries; 5. Simplify the visa processing system to boost SMEs; 6. Create credible vocational routes for young people; 7. Stop cybercrime costing business; 8. Re-think immigration policy; 9. Implement the Made Smarter Review; 10. Reboot the Better Regulation Target; 11. Reform Business Rates to encourage investment; 12. Invest in infrastructure; 13. Reform regulations to reflect modern working practices; 14. Deliver economic devolution; 15. Foster future innovation.

Machine builders, system designers and project engineers can now configure and create new handling system solutions in record time using the Handling Guide Online (HGO) from Festo. The HGO cuts design, assembly and

delivery times from nearly two months to just a few weeks. These efficiencies are thanks to the integration of the configuration and ordering platform within Festo’s online product catalogue. This enables customers to create a ready-to-install handling system: whether for a single-axis system, a 2D linear and planar surface gantry or a 3D gantry, in just a few mouse clicks.

The Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo has announced that Bosch Rexroth is confirmed as a headline sponsor for the 4th year in a row. The Summit and Expo is invaluable to those looking to improve their manufacturing operations by using the latest smart technologies. It takes place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex 31 March – 1 April 2020.



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