AI regulation ranks low among Americans’ priorities

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A survey by Axios | Morning Consult revealed that regulating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) is not a top priority for most Americans. 

Among 15 priorities tested, regulating AI ranked 11th, with only 27% of respondents calling it a top priority and 33% saying it’s “important, but a lower priority.”

This lack of urgency suggests that Congress might delay addressing AI regulation until after the 2024 election. The survey also found gender, parenting, and partisan gaps in attitudes towards AI regulation. Women were more likely than men to say that AI is not even possible to regulate, and they were also more hesitant to let their children use AI products.

Parents in urban areas were more open to their children using AI than parents in suburban or rural areas. Interestingly, 78% of respondents said that political advertisements that use AI should be required to disclose how AI was used to create the ad. This indicates a growing public concern about the use of AI in political campaigns.

Another notable finding is that the percentage of people who say “misinformation spread by artificial intelligence” will have an impact on the 2024 presidential election has increased from 53% to 58% since August 2023. This suggests that Americans are becoming more aware of the potential negative impacts of AI on elections.

The sources for this piece include articles in Axios and ZDNET.

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