MDBootstrap: 70% of web developers support social benefits to facilitate AI transformation

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Exactly 70% agreed that governments should consider introducing social benefits, e.g. Social assistance, health and housing services and universal basic income, to ease the burden of transforming the industry and avoid unemployment crisis in connection with artificial development, according to a new report form MDBootrap. Recent advances in AI tools, led by the announcement of GitHub Copilot, give rise to concern about unemployment.

Most developers recognize the danger that AI poses to web development jobs. Most of them agreed that AI transformation is likely to be a cause of widespread unemployment in the industry.

On the question of whether they personally believe that AI can ultimately take their own job and limit their future opportunities for web development, a staggering majority of 66.8% disagreed. This is a clear symptom of the optimism bias – only 21.7% of respondents expressed fear of their own job, while most predicted that other developers would lose theirs.

Although web developers recognize AI as a danger, they still plan to accelerate the growth of AI-powered tools. 65.5% said they plan to use GitHub Copilot in their work.

Surprisingly, although they oppose government interference in the IT industry and the introduction of rules, most developers turned out to support state aid.

MDBootstrap researched what web developers think about the prospect of AI replacing them. It surveyed 500+ web developers to find out more about their thoughts on the GitHub Copilot launch, AI market risks, and possible solutions.

Read full report from MDBootstrap.

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