By the numbers:

Most Americans uncomfortable with robots

Not all Americans are ready for robots in the home.
Not all Americans are ready for robots in the home.
If the word robot brings to mind the little saucer-shaped vacuum that scoots along the floor with a cat perched on top, you are probably all for it. 

    But if the word makes you think of lifelike mechanisms that compete for your job, maybe not.
    More and more, robots are a part of life, and Americans are ambivalent about their presence.  Here are figures from a recent study by the Brookings Institution, which questioned 2,021 adult internet users between June 4 and 6.

52 percent: The share of adults who believe that robots will be able to perform most of the activities currently done by humans within 30 years.

61 percent: The share that said they were uncomfortable with robots. Just because we understand that robots are part of life doesn’t mean we like it.

20 percent: Two in 10 are interested in robots that would help clean house; 17 percent wanted robots that could provide home security.
    OK, there could be an upside to this. But Americans surveyed do not see robots stepping into more important roles. For example, only 9 percent wanted a robot that could provide childcare or care for an aging relative.

32 percent: A third of those interviewed believe the government should set up a Federal Robotics Commission to regulate robot development and usage. Another 29 percent oppose that idea, and 39 percent are unsure.

$250: That's the price 42 percent said they would pay for a robot capable of doing routine chores. So, we're interested in robots, as long as we can get one for a reasonable price. On the other end of the spectrum, only 3 percent would pay more than $1,000.


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