The AI firm commissioned an independent survey among 2,000 UK adults to uncover their perceptions towards AI. It found that the majority (61%) of Brits are concerned by the idea of AI systems being able to function without human assistance. This figure rises to 70% for those aged 55 and over.
44% of those surveyed by Fountech.ai admitted that they do not know how AI works, with 61% claiming it is hard to trust AI when they do not understand how it operates and makes decisions.
Meanwhile, over half (57%) of Brits think that AI is fundamentally flawed, as it cannot apply the same emotional intelligence or intuition that humans can when making decisions.
As a result, the majority (69%) believe a human should always be monitoring and checking decisions that are made by AI. At 77%, those aged over 55 were the most likely to hold this view.
Nikolas Kairinos, founder of Fountech.ai, 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.”
- 44% of UK adults do not properly understand how AI works
- Three in five (61%) are concerned by the idea of AI systems being able to function without human assistance
- This rises to 70% among over-55s
- Over half (57%) believe AI is fundamentally flawed because it cannot apply the same emotional intelligence or intuition that humans can when making decisions
- The majority (69%) of people believe a human should always be monitoring and checking decisions that are made by AI