What Impact Will Generative AI Have? This Survey Reveals the Answers

Generative AI such as ChatGPT has showed us the true capabilities of AI in the modern world, but in spite of the fact that this is the case some people still seem to have mixed feelings about it. It is quite common for people who are hearing about this AI for the first time to look at it with a lot of trepidation because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up replacing them in the workplace.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that a YouGov survey recently revealed what public opinion regarding AI truly looks like. It turns out that 36% of the people who participated in this survey think that AI is bad for society. 28% said that they were not sure, 23% said that it wasn’t a good thing or a bad thing and just 13% said that AI was a force for good in the world.

Men seem to be more optimistic about AI in general. 16% of men said that generative AI was a good thing, whereas only 9% of women said the same. Also, the statistics tend to skew when you separate them based on the age of the respondents.

People between the ages of 30 and 44 seem the most optimistic, but even there only 20% of them felt that generative AI could have a positive impact on the world around them. The 18 to 29 age bracket was not far behind, with 19% of them saying the same. As for people between 45 and 64, only 9% of them felt that there was any good that can come from AI.

This just goes to show that the widespread use of AI has many roadblocks ahead. Even if it proves useful, it will still have an uphill battle in terms of convincing people that it will not end up doing any kind of grievous harm. Interestingly, 52% of survey respondents said that never using AI is bad for society as well, so perhaps the solution is occasional usage.

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