Self-determination

Americans worried about advances in artificial intelligence

Americans generally express more worry than enthusiasm about advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, a study by the Pew Research Center shows. “Americans for example are around three times as likely to express worry (67%) than enthusiasm (22%) about algorithms that can make hiring decisions without any human involvement”, Pew researchers write.

According to the Pew Research Center survey of 4,135 U.S. adults, “Americans are roughly twice as likely to express worry (72%) than enthusiasm (33%) about a future in which robots and computers are capable of doing many jobs that are currently done by humans. By comparison, public views towards driverless vehicles and robot caregivers exhibit more balance between worry and enthusiasm.”

The Pew researchers found that Americans generally respond “favorably to policies that would limit the use of these technologies to specific situations or that would bring human beings more fully into their operations. In the event that robots and computers become capable of doing many human jobs, for example, 85% of Americans are in favor of limiting machines to performing primarily those jobs that are dangerous or unhealthy for humans.”

 

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