We asked people all around the world to take a survey and tell us what they know and how they feel about artificial intelligence (AI). Over 66,800 people responded. Here’s what we learned.
- Men (41%) were much more likely than women (31%) to say they wanted AI to be way smarter than them
- People who felt AI should be “dumb” said they felt Concerned (50%) and Nervous (24%) about AI.
- 46% of 25 - 44 year olds want AI to be way smarter than them, while only 37% of those 45+ want AI to be way smarter than them
- South Americans were most likely to say they want AI to be “Way Smarter Than Me”.
People are divided on whether they think artificial intelligence will make our lives better or worse.
24% of respondents said AI will make our lives better. 41% of respondents think AI will make our lives both better and worse. Only 10% of respondents think AI will only make our lives worse
Men (27%) are almost twice as optimistic as women (14%) that AI will make our lives better. Nearly half of South Americans (46%) are optimistic that AI is going to make their world better, making them the most positive region in the world. And young people 19 - 24 years old (35%) were the most likely age group to say AI will make the world better. Only 5% of this age group said they thought AI would make the world worse.
- Respondents aged 19 - 44 were most likely to be “very interested” in learning more about AI (52%).
- Respondents 65 and over were most likely to say they are somewhat interested in learning more about AI (64%)
- South Americans (61%) and Africans (63%) said they were most interested in learning more about AI.
People are concerned about artificial intelligence. They are also curious and hopeful and excited for what it might bring--as long as it doesn’t bring about world destruction. People are also somewhat interested in learning more about AI. They might not be super excited about it yet, but they are open minded and aware that they need to pay attention. This is good.
Over the next couple of years, Mozilla plans to focus on making sure the world builds trustworthy AI. We want to help people understand that we all can and should have a say in when algorithms and computers are making decisions for us.
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