41% See AI Benefits For Healthcare, 27% For Driverless Cars

People who fail to adopt artificial intelligence in their jobs may miss out on some opportunities.

The missed opportunities can vary from the speed of getting work done to the level of productivity, based on a new study.

The study comprised a survey of 1,000 U.S. online adults conducted by Google Surveys for Conversica, an AI company.

There are several areas in which people who fail to adopt AI in their jobs will be left behind, according to the survey. They are:

  • 40% -- Will miss out on new job opportunities
  • 35% -- Are replaced by people with AI skills
  • 32% -- Will be inefficient and less productive
  • 28% -- Can’t get quality work done quickly

Not all agree, with almost a quarter (24%) saying AI won’t leave people behind in their jobs.

Despite the view that many will miss out on some opportunities by avoiding AI, the majority (61%) say they will not use AI to get ahead in their job over the next five years. Of those who will, here’s how they plan to use AI:

  • 20% -- To boost productivity
  • 18% -- It will free me from repetitive tasks
  • 11% -- It will make me more valuable in this job
  • 9% -- Help me find the right next job

Slightly more than half (51%) of consumers say AI will not make them smarter or better at their job over the next five years. The other half see a range of areas they expect AI help with, such as decreasing the number of repetitive tasks (26%), creating faster learning of new tasks (18%), making better and faster decisions (16%), helping with more critical thinking and analysis time (15%) and having helpful AI assistants do the work (11%).

Consumers also see many ways AI can help humans, most notably in healthcare. Here are the ways consumers say AI could help humans:

  • 41% -- Improved diagnosis and patient care
  • 27% -- Driverless cars will prevent accidents
  • 22% -- More productive and competitive
  • 21% -- Better education for all
  • 20% -- More time to spend with family and friends

Of course, there is the other side as well. A quarter (25%) of consumers say AI won’t help humans in any way.

4 comments about "41% See AI Benefits For Healthcare, 27% For Driverless Cars ".
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  1. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston, September 1, 2017 at 12:57 p.m.

    I wonder what percentage of the decision-makers at the major automobile insurance companies believes that driverless cars will prevent accidents. Higher than 27 percent, for sure. Consumers will pay a lot higher rates for resisting AI. Not right away, but I foresee driverless cars coming soon. No one much wanted air bags or seat belts but we have them anyway in the name of far greater safety.

  2. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , September 1, 2017 at 9:09 p.m.

    How accurate can polls be?  (2016 election) rest my case.
    ANYBODY can state any stats.  Here's mine:

    • 20% -- To boost COMPANY PROFITS

    • 18% -- It will free me from MY JOB

    • 11% -- It will make me more valuable FOR AN EBT CARD

    • 9% -- Help me find the right WELFARE WORKER

    • Air bags and seat belts are a far cry from turning your car over to a cluster

    • of plastic circuit boards, required to process millions of bits of information

    • per second, all in the name of allowing  you to  not pay attention to driving.  Got one word for you why this won't work  AMTRACK. Can't keep trains from colliding on the same track.  Besides, I know NOT ONE PERSON of any age even remotely interested in giving over control of their steering wheel, gas , or brake pedal to Google.  Dumbest idea of the 21st Century.

  3. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin replied, September 4, 2017 at 8:39 p.m.

    Right, Douglas, the technology will be there likely ahead of desired adoption.

  4. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin replied, September 4, 2017 at 8:40 p.m.

    Was just a survey, Mark, though the sample was built to be representative of U.S. population, so guess we'll see.

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