Study Shows That The Risks of AI Are Perceived Differently In Many Regions

Will you depend on AI for decision making? Well, a study has been conducted on the similar idea and surprisingly the outcome of it states that the risks and benefits involved depend a lot on regions and nations.

Conducted by the Oxford Commission on AI and Good Governance, the data of the research is based on responses from almost 154,195 respondents in 142 countries who also participated in the 2019 World Risk Poll. All of them were asked the common question of whether they think machines or robots have the capacity to make decisions? And will artificial intelligence be of help or harm to people in the next 20 years?

The detailed findings showed us that Latin America and the Caribbean were completely of the opinion that AI will bring more harm than benefits and they also represented the highest percentage of respondents - 49%. North America (47%) and Europe (43%) had also similar views. But gladly, there were only 11% of respondents in East Asia siding with the “harmful” answer and Southeast Asia 25%.

China is the only place where people have a more positive feeling about the prospects of AI. There have been recent reports of Xi Jinping’s government using AI to bring up the totalitarian rule, so only 9% of respondents in the country consider the advancements in technology to be harmful, while 59% think that this will change the future for the better.

Furthermore, the similar study has also shed light on the fact that opinions do vary according to the profession. More than 40% of construction, manufacturing, and service workers consider AI a threat to their jobs - which of course makes sense considering how the automation will change the whole ecosystem and get them replaced.

The only profession that was clearly more optimistic about the move is executives working in business or government departments as 47% of them believed AI will turn out to be really helpful. Moreover, office workers, doctors, engineers, and agricultural workers were also in the favor of AI.

As per the research team, there is also more in-depth data required to understand the particular variations and how the differences relate to IT environments or cultural and social institutions.

We are entering an era where public confidence in AI and machine learning is extremely important to incorporate it into any of the systems in the government. Fortunately, the use of AI in policymaking and governance around the world has gone up lately because of COVID-19 pandemic but still a lot of people need to be enlightened about how AI’s benefits will outweigh the risks in order to make the country or community grow.


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