Robotics and artificial intelligence are increasingly important in the UK. While technology offers considerable advantages to society, it can also affect it adversely. The Science and Technology Committee is therefore looking into the implications of robots and artificial intelligence on the future UK workforce and the challenges this might create.
Our submission shows that it is inevitable that robotics and artificial intelligence will be used more widely. This development could lead to great prosperity in society as a result of greater efficiency and increased productivity per capita. At the same time, it will create challenges. Most importantly, there is a risk that robots might render a large part of the workforce redundant. Consequently, unacceptably large-scale unemployment would become a reality.
We argue that, since the use of robotics in the workforce cannot be stopped, the government should embrace policies that aim at population stabilisation. It should see the ageing of society, or the falling of population numbers, as a golden opportunity for the creation of a sustainable society in the long term; a society in which employment can be guaranteed for all.