Domestic AI: AI's potential to transform unpaid domestic work in the UK and Japan


Principal Investigator: Ekaterina Hertog

Co-Investigator: Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford


DomesticAI is a major research project that will scope the technologies’ potential to free up time now locked into unpaid housework and care work and how willing we are to introduce these technologies into our private lives. Our findings will also point out emerging vulnerabilities associated with outsourcing tasks long carried out within the privacy of our homes to smart technology.

Significant efforts are directed at understanding the implications of new technologies for the future of employment and training. In contrast, the future of unpaid domestic work has received little attention so far. DomesticAI project is to study how the advances in technology development and particularly increasing equipment of households with smart gadgets will influence household production in the coming years. The project will estimate automatibility, affordability and social acceptability of relying on technology to replace or assist individuals with housework and care work in Japan and the UK. Based on these estimates we will consider several likely scenarios on the way domestic workload will change in the coming years and the implications of the likely changes for a number of social issues, such as gender inequality and aging.