Earlier this year, Mozilla conducted an online survey across the world in an aim to understand what people know and feel about AI’s (Artificial Intelligence) impact on their daily lives and foreseeable future.
The survey conducted by Mozilla Foundation involved over 66,800 people from allover the world and presented an interesting set of findings.
Apart from being the makers of the popular web browser Firefox, Mozilla has continued its fight for a safer and open Internet for many years now in various ways through events, advocacy and publication of critical research.
Based on the findings collected from the users, it showed that people are concerned about artificial intelligence and are also curious and excited about it as long as it doesn’t bring about world destruction. For those that have watched the Terminator movies, I think you get the picture.
The data also presented another interesting aspect which found that people were 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 to artificial intelligence.
Here are some of the key findings from Mozilla’s AI report;
1. Just over half of all respondents say they have “some knowledge” of AI. Only about 10% feel they are “well educated.”
Half of the respondents at least had some knowledge about AI with only 10% feeling more educated about the subject which is a clear sign that more and more people are getting involved.
2. Younger people are more likely to say they are knowledgeable about artificial intelligence.
3. People are most likely to say they are concerned (32%), curious (30%), and hopeful (27%) about artificial intelligence.
4. Where people live in the world had an impact on how they feel about AI.
5. Young people aren’t nearly as concerned about AI as everyone else.
The top 3 words 19 – 24 year olds used to describe their feelings about AI are;
- Excited (43%)
- Curious (40%)
- Hopeful (32%).
6. Most people say they want AI to be way smarter than them.
Nearly 40% of respondents say AI should be “Way Smarter Than Me”. Clearly that should be the case as it should be able to solve complex problems and offer solutions at a faster rate than the human brain though the concern remains, what if the Terminator theory plays into effect? How do we expect to win against the machines? 😆 😀
Some other interesting finds around the question of how smart should AI be:
- 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”.
7. 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.
It’s interesting to look at who is most optimistic about AI.
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.
8. 19% of respondents say they see AI in all facets of their lives. Only 3% didn’t see AI anywhere in their lives.
AI is slowly becoming an every day component of our daily lives in many ways we can’t imagine such as our homes, jobs, hobbies, Internet and even the health sector.
9. When asked what movie best shows where AI is headed in the future?
Most of the respondents picked I, Robot (10%). 10% of respondents also wrote in their own answer to this question. 1984 was the most popular write-in response.
10. Are people interested in learning more about artificial intelligence? Yes.
Only about 8% of respondents say they are not interested in learning more about AI. Question remains whether that 8% will be what’s only left of the resistance during the war against the machines. We can’t confirm on that but lets wait and see what the future holds for mankind.
It should also be noted that the need for people to learn or not to learn more about artificial intelligence still remains a debate though based on the findings;
- 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.
Mozilla’s survey findings report on AI was quite an eye opener, as it offered an open view on what people think about artificial intelligence in general which may play a critical role in the future technological advancements and what rules will be set to help govern its influence on society.
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Author: Allan Bangirana
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