Twin threats – an aging labor force and global worker shortages – have companies striving for increased productivity with smart tech solutions. The artificial intelligence robot market is expected to grow from $6.9 billion in 2021 to $35.3 billion in 2026 – yet 36% of adults say they fear artificial intelligence. As technology disrupts where, when, and how work gets done, will society be ready to embrace the change?

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Which statement do you agree with more?

percent who agree

In my lifetime, artificial intelligence will make education less important.

percent who say “yes”

robot holding card

The robots are coming

Globally, there are
113 robots per
10,000 workers
South Korea leads in robot
density, with more than
800 industrial robots per
10,000 employees
Top 10 most automated countries:
South Korea, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, U.S., Italy, Belgium and Taiwan.

By 2035, robots will generate more revenue for business than humans.

percent who agree

I am afraid of artificial intelligence.

percent who agree
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I am afraid of artificial intelligence.

percent who say “yes”

The results for Ford Trends 2022 are based on 14,006 online interviews across 15 countries, conducted under the direction of The Harris Poll. The survey was conducted among the general population, ages 18 years and older in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. Respondents from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates were required to be nationals of their respective countries; data from these two countries were combined and analyzed in aggregate. All fieldwork took place between October 27 and November 12, 2020. While the data within countries were weighted to be representative, the overall sample of 14,006 was not weighted across countries. That is, we do not claim that aggregated data is representative based on country population sizes across the participating countries.

Region Country Sample Size
Australia 1,001
Brazil 1,000
Canada 1,000
China 1,000
France 1,000
Germany 1,001
India 1,000
Italy 1,000
Mexico 1,000
Spain 1,000
Middle East Saudi Arabia 501
South Africa 1001
Middle East UAE 502
U.K. 1,000
USA 1,000
Total 14,006

We have defined generational cohorts as follows: Gen-Z (18-23), Millennials (24-39), Gen-X (40-55), Boomers (56-74).