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AI is ‘greatest threat’

Thursday 06 September 2018

Today, The Telegraph reported AI is a greater concern for the future of Britain than antibiotic resistance, climate change or terrorism, at least according to the new head of the British Science Association.

Jim Al-Khalili, professor of physics and public engagement at the University of Surrey, said the unprecedented technological progress in AI was “happening too fast” without proper scrutiny or regulation. He goes on to warn that the threat of jobs and security had not been properly assessed and urged the government to urgently regulate AI.

In fact, research conducted by IP EXPO Europe supports this statements and uncovers 75% of Brits believe that the UK needs new regulations to control artificial intelligence. With 44% of Brits believing the UK Government should take the lead in designing new AI regulations.

Although many people see the benefits of AI - they do want it to be closely regulated. The debate on AI regulations will no doubt continue for some time.

In further findings, some 82% are concerned that AI will be misused by organisations. Another 67% are concerned about the development of AI that reflects negative or immoral preferences, with 53% worried about the rise in the use of sexbots.

The effect of AI on jobs and the workplace is also a major worry for many Brits. 69% are bothered about being hired and fired by a robot 48% are concerned that AI will take over their jobs. And 51% are worried about a robot becoming their boss. Some 55% are worried that AI will become more intelligent than humans.

Another area of concern is how AI will affect the way we travel around. Four in ten of us (41%) are concerned about being driven around by a driverless car, with over half (53%) worried about being flown by an AI powered machine.

Although we do need to carefully consider how AI is developed and regulated, using AI ethically has the potential to transform our world for the better. We are already starting to see revolutions in a number of industries. For example in healthcare, it was reported recently AI has been used to predict how cancers will progress and evolve, which could help doctors design the most effective treatment for each patient.

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