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Study: Americans worried about AI and its impact on data security

Austin American-Statesman

June 07. 2018 9:03PM

You’ve heard it before. Artificial intelligence is here to take your jobs and steal your privacy.

With the advent of facial recognition technology in products like iPhones, and recent data breaches at major companies such as Facebook, concern over the effects of AI in daily human life is as strong as ever.

A survey released last week by Washington-based Brookings Institute shows America’s fear of automation is alive and well.

The national study, which polled more than 1,500 adults aged 18 or older, showed serious concerns about AI, a technology that has a growing presence in a number of industries.

Of those polled, 39 percent expressed worry about the overall impact of AI.

In addition, 38 percent of those polled said AI will lead to fewer jobs for humans.

Much of the apprehension, however, came from worries about data security, with 49 percent of respondents saying AI will lead to diminished privacy.

Brookings conducted the survey from May 9-11 using Google Surveys.

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