AI for Social Good - Australian Public Attitudes to AI

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The Monash Data Futures Institute (in partnership with the Faculties of Law, Education and Arts), is proud to present this first major study of Australian’s attitudes to AI.

Artificial Intelligence is now influencing almost all aspects of society: employment; manufacturing; telecommunications; banking and finance; health services and even our national security. The abundance of research into the legal, ethical and societal implications of AI across industry and government reflects its potential for an enduring, transformative impact. However, the views of the public remain underrepresented.

The Monash Data Futures Institute (in partnership with the Faculties of Law, Education and Arts), is proud to present this first major study of Australian’s attitudes to AI. We believe it to be vital to paving the way for more frequent and systematic contributions of public opinion, to the formation of public policy, shaping the future of AI technology in Australia and educating the public about AI’s benefits and risks

The past ten years or so have seen artificial intelligence (AI) technologies become a prominent topic of discussion across Australian society. Yet, the ongoing implementation of these technologies remains a highly contested topic. This Monash ‘Data Futures Institute’ report presents one of the first comprehensive pictures of Australian public understandings, attitudes and opinions relating to AI and society.

Based on a nationally-representative public opinion survey of over 2000 Australian adults, the report examines key areas of public understanding, optimism and concern regarding the societal application of AI technologies. As industry and policy-makers continue to develop, implement and manage AI across most areas of Australian society, this report explores the often-overlooked views of the general public – in many ways, the ultimate ‘end users’ of these powerful technologies.

Period1 Sep 2020 → 9 Sep 2020

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  • TitleAussies supportive, but sketchy, about role of AI in society
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletMedianet
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date9/09/20
    DescriptionWhile Australians are positive about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), doubts remain around privacy and threats to jobs.
    The majority of Australians believe AI has the potential to do social good, but do not trust global tech giants to deliver this on our behalf.
    These findings were from a national survey involving more than 2000 Australians – one of the largest representative studies about the role of AI on society in Australia.
    URLhttps://www.medianet.com.au/releases/190892/
    PersonsJoanna Batstone
  • TitleAussies supportive, but sketchy, about role of AI in society
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletIT Brief
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date4/09/20
    DescriptionAustralians remain dubious about the use of artificial intelligence in society, according to a new study from Monash University.

    The study found that while Australians are positive about the use of AI, doubts remain around privacy and threats to jobs.

    The majority of Australians believe AI has the potential to do social good, but do not trust global tech giants to deliver this on our behalf.

    Key findings from the report, commissioned and published by the Monash Data Futures Institute, shows that Australians understandings of AI are varied from robots taking over the world to computers being programmed to perform tasks in a positive fashion.

    The report shows that while nearly 90% of Australians were aware of the term, just one-quarter of respondents said they knew a fair bit or a lot about AI. These are most likely to be people with computer science or programming expertise, and/or from households where a language other than English is spoken.
    URLhttps://itbrief.com.au/story/aussies-supportive-but-sketchy-about-role-of-ai-in-society
    PersonsJoanna Batstone
  • TitleAustralians ‘positive’ about role of AI but doubts remain on privacy, threats to jobs
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletIT Wire
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date1/09/20
    DescriptionAustralians are relatively positive about the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in society, but concerns remain around privacy and threats to jobs , according to a new national survey by Monash University, which also reveals that understandings of AI are varied – from robots “taking over the world” to computers being programmed to perform tasks in a positive fashion.
    URLhttps://itwire.com/business-intelligence/australians-%E2%80%98positive%E2%80%99-about-role-of-ai-but-doubts-remain-on-privacy,-threats-to-jobs.html
    PersonsJoanna Batstone

Keywords

  • artificial intelligence