What Teenagers Think About AI

There is no doubt that technology is advancing at a faster rate than anyone has expected. However, with recent Artificial Intelligence developments, people have been publicly debating their beliefs about the advantages and drawbacks. Stephen Hawking, for example, has been known to warn future generations about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence strongly.

The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.
— Stephen Hawking

While Elon Musk believes that using AI technology will be beneficial to humanity in many cases, such as improving self-driving technology.

But what do the future generations think? Our team at AI Daily carried out a small four-question survey targeted at 25 teenagers (all currently enrolled in school) concerning the benefits and drawbacks that artificial technology might have on the human race. The respondents will remain anonymous throughout the article.

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These are the results the team collected are as follows:

1. Do You Follow AI-related news?

The more significant majority of the respondents followed AI-related news and therefore aware of the recent developments and updates.

2. Do AI developments scare you?

Respondents were asked to explain their response in a short sentence or two.

3. Do you think AI will benefit humanity or destroy it?

Respondents were asked to explain their response in a short sentence or two.

4. Would you feel safe being in a fully autonomous car?

Respondents were asked to explain their response in a short sentence or two.

In conclusion, most teenagers who took our survey seemed to have a good background about Artificial Intelligence and have already made up their mind about whether or not they think it is safe for the human race. Sometimes, the respondents took it upon themselves to further explain their responses. For example, one of the respondents said that AI-developments does scare her because of the “interviews [she] watched of Stephan Hawking”, while other respondents disagree. As it turns out, a significant factor of trusting Artificial Intelligence, at least with cars, has to do with the company and whether or not that company maintains a good image.

George Awad