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Third of Brits think daily work should be handled by artificial intelligence

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Some 58 per cent of people surveyed believe intelligent predictive services will be able to handle at least ten per cent of their current workload in the future. With the average UK professional working 7.8 hours a day, implementing time-saving predictive assistants could help workers shave off nearly an hour a day by automating administrative jobs.

Millennials are twice as likely as 55 year olds and above to welcome such technology into their everyday lives, taking on tasks such as planning routes to meetings, automatically putting phones on mute during meetings, or automating admin tasks.

These kinds of functions are a long way from the likes of Kitt from Knightrider, Hal from 2001, or Holly from Red Dwarf, but with Siri already available, and Microsoft launching the Cortana service, consumers are expecting more sophisticated predictive personal assistant apps to help with their professional lives.

Of the major UK regions, Londoners are the most expectant of such technology, ten per cent more than any other part of the country with workers in Northern Ireland most resistant.

“Consumers are already using simple versions of intelligent personal assistants,” said Steve Mason, Vice President of Mobility, EMEA, at ClickSoftware. “Very soon, we will be seeing more advanced professional applications offering advice on different aspects of our working lives – from route planning, to appointment booking, even suggesting places to eat based on current locations or our past habits. 

“While there is still, naturally, a hesitancy towards the concept of smart assistants or AI, these applications are simply a way of helping staff rather than replacing them. None of us like doing admin, and often waste time putting it off, so businesses now have the opportunity to take away one of the least productive parts of our working day so employees can focus on more meaningful tasks.”

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