A young boy talks with the robot Pepper during a press conference on June 13, 2016 at the CHR Citadel hospital centers of Liege. AFP / JOHN THYS
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Most Americans believe their jobs are safe from the spread of automation and robotics, at least during their lifetimes, and only a handful says automation has cost them a job or loss of income.Just 30 percent of people surveyed say that it is at least somewhat likely that their own jobs will be done by computers or robots. Three-quarters of Americans say it is at least "somewhat realistic" that robots and computers will eventually perform most of the jobs currently done by people.A report in January from the consulting firm McKinsey concluded that less than 5 percent of occupations were likely to be entirely automated. But it also found that in 60 percent of occupations, workers could see roughly one-third of their tasks automated.
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