A new survey finds the public are growing increasingly wary of AI

OpenAI logo displayed on a phone screen and ChatGPT website displayed on a laptop screen are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on December 5, 2022.
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AI is a thing. Didn't you know? It's been around for years, but with the rise of the likes of ChatGPT and coverage by mainstream media, it's now a part of the public consciousness — and people are wary of it.

A poll published by Mitre-Harris (via Axios) showed that US adults lack trust in AI technology. The survey of 2,063 adults showed just 39% of them believed today's AI technologies to be safe and secure. That's down 9% from a similar poll in November 2022.

Additionally, 54% said they were more concerned about the risks of AI than they were excited about its potential benefits. The respondents overwhelmingly worry about the use of AI in cyberattacks (80%), identity theft (78%) and its use to generate deceptive political advertisements (74%). 52% were worried that AI would replace their jobs.

It's clear the US public wants to see a nationwide effort to ensure AI technology is safe and secure, according to 85% of those surveyed. That group is strongly bipartisan, with Republicans (82%), Democrats (87%), and Independents (85%) all wanting leaders to step up.

When it comes to age groups, younger people are more supportive of AI, while Generation X and boomers are less so. The same goes the willingness to use autonomous vehicles, with 51% of Gen Z and millennials comfortable with them, compared to only 32% of Gen X and 20% of boomers.

It's only natural for people to be wary of things they don't understand, and AI is one of those things that really is difficult to understand! It's clear that concerns are growing, and the industry and government need to take steps to protect against AI being for cyberattacks and the spread of disinformation. Education needs to be a part of it too.


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Chris' gaming experiences go back to the mid-nineties when he conned his parents into buying an 'educational PC' that was conveniently overpowered to play Doom and Tie Fighter. He developed a love of extreme overclocking that destroyed his savings despite the cheaper hardware on offer via his job at a PC store. To afford more LN2 he began moonlighting as a reviewer for VR-Zone before jumping the fence to work for MSI Australia. Since then, he's gone back to journalism, enthusiastically reviewing the latest and greatest components for PC & Tech Authority, PC Powerplay and currently Australian Personal Computer magazine and PC Gamer. Chris still puts far too many hours into Borderlands 3, always striving to become a more efficient killer.