Pew: 37% of technologists don’t think AI will improve lives by 2030

About 37 percent of technologists believe that most people won’t be better off in the next 10 years as a result of advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies. That’s according to a Pew Center Research survey of more than 979 developers, business executives, and policy leaders, the results of which were published today to coincide with a presentation at the Our People-Centered Digital Future conference in San Jose, California.

Study participants made clear their anxieties about human agency, with some saying they worried that people might lose control over their lives as “black box” tools contribute increasingly to decision-making. A number were concerned by the fact that AI largely remains under the purview of companies unbound to the public good, and others said they worried about dependency lock-in — the eroding ability for people to think for themselves — and the destructive capabilities of autonomous weapons, cybercrime, and propaganda.

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