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The UN and Open Social cooperate on ‘A Future with AI’

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Open Social was recently asked by the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology to provide an online platform for a study that included a questionnaire asking youth (10-24y) from around the world to share their thoughts on the future of artificial intelligence, as well as an “Imagination Challenge” in which participants submitted a free-form essay about the future of AI.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is developing at an exceedingly rapid pace, and it is important that we adopt AI intentionally. Young people today will likely live in a future world in which AI will be pervasive. They deserve a say in what this future will look like.

As the research is in line with the values of transparency and cooperation at Open Social we were happy to be able to help out and get results. 254 youth from 36 countries completed the survey and 47 of the respondents also contributed essays on the future of AI.

Among the report’s key findings:

  • the perception of AI and robots among youth is positive (93% percent), with slightly more than two-thirds (68%) stating they trust AI.
  • about 80% said they interact with AI multiple times a day.
  • a majority (76%) thinks that the risks of AI technology are serious, but they can be controlled
  • top concerns mentioned included “unemployment as a result of AI” (75%) and “military uses of AI” (74%).
  • ninety-three percent expressed interest in “discussing AI use and regulation”, while 86% “want to collaborate with AI” in the future.

 

The report’s authors conclude that: “To create a future with AI where human wellbeing and happiness take center stage, we must collaborate internationally with young people because they will be the main users of AI in 2050”.

 

READ THE FULL REPORT 
This project was a collaboration between the United Nations and Waseda University, with support from Open Social.

Contacts

  • Lambert Hogenhout, Chief Data, Analytics and Emerging Technologies (United Nations)
  • Toshie Takahashi, Professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society (Waseda University, Japan)

 

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