Almost three quarters of Americans distrust artificial intelligence

Who among us can say that we don’t worry?

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Shocker: People aren’t entirely sure they trust artificial intelligence to work in their best interests, according to a new survey.

In a press release, think tank MITER released the results of a new survey, conducted in partnership with market research firm Harris, asking people what they thought of AI. Spoiler alert: they hate low key!

“Most Americans express reservations about AI for high-value applications such as autonomous vehicles, access to government services, or healthcare,” the press release reads. “Also, only 48 percent believe AI is safe and secure, and 78 percent are very or somewhat concerned that AI can be used for malicious intent.”

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In the poll, Harris and MITER found that 82 percent of American respondents support government regulation of AI — and when technology experts were asked about regulation, a whopping 91 percent said they are in favor.

Among the 2,050 adult respondents to the online survey, just under half said they would be comfortable using AI-enabled technology for routine medical questions or government benefit forms, and three-quarters said they were particularly concerned about the Deepfakes and AI-generated content enter mainstream media.

While respondents were generally suspicious of AI, the press release notes that certain demographic groups expressed more positive opinions than others.

“Males, Democrats, younger generations, and Black/Hispanic Americans…are more comfortable than their peers with using AI to process federal government services, online doctor bots, and autonomous, unmanned ridesharing,” said Rob Jekielek, Harris Polls Managing Director.

Still, Kekielek said that “concerns about AI exist across all demographics” — a finding that suggests even early adopters of AI could be freaking out about their future.

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Perhaps one of this poll’s biggest caveats is that MITER, by their own admission, appears to be all-in on AI.

“Artificial intelligence technologies and frameworks could radically increase efficiency and productivity in many areas,” said Douglas Robbins, MITRE’s vice president of engineering and prototyping, in the press release. Later in the statement, the organization said it “is working with partners across the AI ​​ecosystem to enable responsible AI pioneering to better impact society.”

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