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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Most people now think artificial intelligence poses a threat to the human race, study claims | Science - Daily Mail

  • Poll of 1,004 U.S. voters found that 57 percent believe AI is a 'threat to humanity'
  • Of that group, some 16 percent of respondents say AI is a 'very serious threat'
  • Findings underscore the increasing skepticism around AI around the country

The number of people who fear artificial intelligence is on the rise, reports Annie Palmer, Daily Mail.

Of the 57 percent who consider AI a threat to humanity, some 16 percent of them doubled down even further and indicated they believe it's a 'very serious threat,' Rasmussen found
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A new poll of 1,004 registered voters in the U.S. found that 57 percent of them believe AI is a 'threat to the human race.'

The findings demonstrate the increasing skepticism around AI, which has made its way into many of the devices we use today, from cars to cellphones.

The survey was conducted from April 17th to 18th by political analyst and pollster Scott Rasmussen and market research firm HarrisX.  

In addition to the 57 percent who believe AI is a threat, approximately 43 percent disagree and believe it's not something to be worried about.

Of the 57 percent who consider it a threat, some 16 percent of them doubled down even further and indicated they believe it's a 'very serious threat.' 

Rasmussen noted that the number of respondents who consider AI a threat has risen three percentage points since November...

They could 'go rogue'
Computer scientist Professor Michael Wooldridge said AI machines could become so intricate that engineers don't fully understand how they work. 


If experts don't understand how AI algorithms function, they won't be able to predict when they fail. 

This means driverless cars or intelligent robots could make unpredictable 'out of character' decisions during critical moments, which could put people in danger. 

Source: Daily Mail