New data from Accenture Strategy finds that working professionals worldwide are more willing to work with intelligent machines than public opinion suggests.
The November 2017 study polled 14,078 working professionals ages 18 and older and 1,201 senior executives in 11 countries worldwide.
Over two-thirds of respondents stressed the importance of learning new skills to work with emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), within the next three to five years. And almost as many said they believe these types of technologies will create more opportunities for their company.
What's more, 45% felt encouraged about AI, believing it will help them do their job more efficiently.
But it's important to note that not everyone feels the same way.
An October 2017 Gallup and Northeastern University survey, for instance, found that just 14% of US consumers said AI will create more work opportunities than it eliminates. A significant majority of respondents (73%) said the exact opposite.
By and large, there's been a lot of chatter around AI displacing human jobs. And that likely won't stop anytime soon.