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The most common AI fears debunked


Over the past 12 months, searches for ‘generative artificial intelligence’ have soared by 1,300% as Brits have become more intrigued by the new technology. However, a quarter (25%) of Brits predict that AI will have a negative impact on society, with feelings of anxiety continuing to grow as the tool expands.With this in mind, Christoph C. Cemper, on behalf of AIPRM, provides his thoughts on how AI can be utilised to benefit our lives daily, as well as how the most common AI fears and myths can be explained…

The most common AI fears debunked by an expert

1. Job replacement and unemployment

Almost half (46%) of the UK believes AI will impact their job in some way over the next five years, with one in ten (10%) worrying that the tool will replace their role and lead to widespread unemployment and social unrest.

Christoph C. Cemper debunks this myth explaining that: “Whilst the tool has the capability to automate certain tasks and the power to create new jobs, AI also proves to be beneficial by freeing up time for more strategic and creative work, as well as assisting with tasks to improve business efficiency and flexibility with workers focusing on higher-level assignments.”

2. Loss of human identity and autonomy

Almost three in five Brits (59%) fear AI could negatively affect our dependency and loss of human skills. Many believe that AI will control our lives, make decisions on our behalf and erode our autonomy and individuality.

Christoph comments: “AI-powered systems are designed to augment human capabilities, not replace them. Humans will continuously have the final say in decision-making processes, and AI will provide recommendations based on data analysis, improving our overall quality of life and autonomy through more informed choices.”

3. Bias and discrimination

Some Brits worry that the new AI systems will perpetuate and amplify existing biases, with only 43% of UK residents highlighting their trust in the new tool not to discriminate or show bias towards other people.

Christoph shared his thoughts on fears of bias by suggesting: “These biases we may view are the mirror of the real world but it is up to humans to effectively remove them. However, AI is capable of helping to identify and remove biases, enabling a fairer decision-making process, which in turn, will reflect what really is going on, without political or socially wanted counter-biases.”

4. Privacy and surveillance

Privacy and surveillance has been around for a long time which may be why it is a concern when integrating AI into our daily lives, as a third (33%) of Brits revealed that data privacy was a key concern.

Christoph C. Cemper of AIPRM shared: “Artificial Intelligence has the strength to not only be a surveillance tool, but also a device to protect, detect and prevent cyber attacks. Making smaller AI models on everyone’s phone could allow a new level of pattern detections of such attacks for everyone. AI systems can help secure personal data, prevent identity theft and ensure online interactions are protected better from malicious activities.”

5. Lack of transparency and explainability

Only two-thirds (66%) of the public are able to give a partial explanation of what AI is, indicating an understanding gap of how these new systems work, make or influence decisions. This lack of transparency can result in people not trusting AI.

AI expert Christoph revealed: “Researchers are working on developing explainable AI, which can provide transparent and interpretable decision-making processes. AI can provide insights into complex systems and decision-making processes, improving transparency and accountability in areas such as finance, healthcare and governance. With AI clearly summarised, we could reach new levels of transparency impossible to produce today.”