Analysis of Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Society

Jassal, Karanvir, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Neeley, Kathryn, Engineering Undergraduate, University of Virginia

Artificial intelligence, the ability for a computer to think on its own and do tasks that are not explicitly programmed into its process, is very unique and will spark the next generation in technology and wellbeing in society. Artificial Intelligence will change virtually every industry (Brynjolfsson). However, there are many skeptics out there that believe that artificial intelligence will negatively affect society and will be used adversely. However, there may be a big disconnect on what people think artificial intelligence is and what it really is currently, which means that individuals and communities must be educated on artificial intelligence. Some of the main reasons that make people wary of AI include general anxiety about machine intelligence, the fear of mass unemployment, concerns about super-intelligence, putting the power of AI into the wrong people's hands, and general concern and caution when it comes to new technology (Brynjolfsson). In this paper, I illustrate how the framework of attitudes toward technology can be used to understand and describe the difference between expert and non-expert attitudes with respect to AI.

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