When will AI replace your Boss?

23 February 2019
  • 4 out of 10 professionals want an AI to support their supervisor
  • 3 out of 10 would even trade their boss for an A.I.

Many professionals trust artificial intelligence to improve their everyday working lives. For example, 4 out of 10 working German citizens (44 percent) would like an AI to support their superiors, for example with automatic analyses for faster and better decisions. 3 out of 10 (30 percent) would go even further and would like to replace their own boss completely with an AI. This is the result of a representative survey of 515 employees commissioned by the digital association Bitkom. "In the foreseeable future, artificial intelligence will in the vast majority of cases not relieve superiors or employees of their work completely, but support them in their work. Those who hope to get rid of their boss in this way will have to wait a little longer," says Bitkom President Achim Berg. "Even today, technicians are receiving advice on the most likely cause of errors or doctors are receiving help with the evaluation of X-ray images. In the future, AI will also provide help with far-reaching management decisions - but will not make them automatically."

Only a minority of colleagues would prefer an AI to a human being

Despite our openness to artificial intelligence, only a minority can imagine that their own colleagues will be replaced by technology. A total of 13 percent of all employees say that they would like to replace both their supervisor and one or more colleagues with AI. Berg: "Artificial intelligence, for example as a language assistant on a smartphone or at home, is now part of everyday life. In the future, AI systems will also be taken for granted in working life."

Methodological note: The data are based on a survey conducted by Bitkom Research on behalf of the Digital Association Bitkom. 1,007 German citizens aged 16 and over were interviewed by telephone, including 515 employed persons. The questions were: "Would you like an artificial intelligence to support your superior, for example with automatic analyses for faster and better decisions?", "Would you like an artificial intelligence to replace your superior completely?" and "Would you like an artificial intelligence to replace one or more of your colleagues completely?