52% Americans More Concerned About AI in Daily Life

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In a survey of 11K+ Americans, 52% are more concerned than excited about AI in daily life.

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, a growing number of Americans are expressing concerns about the increasing role of AI in everyday life. The survey concludes that 52% of the people are more concerned than excited about the increase in the use of AI. In stark contrast, only 10% of people say that they are more excited than concerned. The remaining 36% feel an equal mix of both emotions.

Link to the survey: Growing public concern about the role of artificial intelligence in daily life, Pew Research Center

The gap between those more concerned and those more excited is the widest in the 65 and higher age group. The smallest gap is in the 18 to 29 age group.

The survey further finds that 33% of people have heard a lot about AI and that 56% of people have heard a little about it. People who have heard a lot about AI are also more likely to express greater concern than excitement compared to last year.

A total of 11,201 US adults were surveyed from July 31 to August 6, 2023, and the results were published on August 28, 2023.

Among other patterns that the survey also unearthed, here are a few notable ones:

  • 6/10 college graduates say AI hurts more than it helps in privacy concerns.
  • Americans with a higher income and/or education tend to view AI as more helpful for certain tasks.
  • 49% say AI helps more than hurts when people want to find products and services they are interested in online.

It should also be noted that across eight use cases, 35-49% of respondents marked “not sure” about the kind of impact AI is having in real-world scenarios.

By Abhimanyu

Unwrapping the fast-evolving AI popular culture.