Public calls for AI regulation in new survey

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A new poll by the Artificial Intelligence Policy Institute found that a majority of Americans are concerned about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) and want it to be regulated.

The poll, which surveyed 1,000 U.S. registered voters, found that 62% of respondents are somewhat or mostly concerned about AI, and 86% believe that it could accidentally cause a catastrophic event.

Given their reservations, the majority of respondents do not trust tech leaders to control AI on their own. Only 18% of respondents indicated they would trust tech leaders to control artificial intelligence, while 82% said they would not. As a result, the majority of respondents (56%) indicated they would like to see AI regulated by a federal body.

The poll also found that a majority of respondents (72%) would rather see the development of AI slow down, compared to 8% who want to see it speed up.

These findings suggest that the public is increasingly concerned about the potential dangers of AI and wants it to be regulated in a responsible way. However, they do not trust tech executives to do this on their own, and instead prefer to see a federal agency take the lead.

The sources for this piece include an article in ZDNET.


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