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Three in five Brits fear autonomous AI

by on26 June 2020

It will steal your breath

A survey of 2,000 UK adults by has revealed peoples' top doubts about artificial intelligence (AI).

The survey found that 44 percent of UK adults do not properly understand how AI works. About 61 percent are concerned by the idea of AI systems being able to function without human assistance.

Older people are even more concerned with the figure rising to 70 percent among over-55s

Over half believe AI is fundamentally flawed because it cannot apply the same emotional intelligence or intuition that humans can when making decisions

The majority (69 percent) of people believe a human should always be monitoring and checking decisions that are made by AI

People fear the idea of artificial intelligence (AI) acting without human assistance, new research by has revealed.

Nikolas Kairinos, founder of, said: “There is still a significant knowledge gap when it comes to people’s general awareness and understanding of artificial intelligence.

"As a result, many people are naturally apprehensive about giving up certain decision-making powers to machines. There is a certain level of unproven mistrust towards AI, and one can argue this is a result of how it is typically portrayed in films and books. Humans have a tendency to fear things they don’t understand, and our research demonstrates this point.

“The reality is that AI has already become engrained into our daily lives – many people are relying on and actively using AI without actually realising it. As this continues, I am hopeful more people will come to realise the many advantages this technology has to offer, including its ability to inform better decision-making.

"Until such a time, however, we must educate people on the basic principles of AI, and explain why it has the potential to transform our lives for the better.” 


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