Artificial Intelligence We trust in artificial intelligence

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A poll reveals people can hardly wait to buy a self-driving car – the first Central and Eastern European opinion poll by IBM has been completed on artificial intelligence.

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According to a recent research conducted by the company NMS Market Research, commissioned by IBM, which involved over 2,000 people, nine out of ten interviewed in Central and Eastern Europe had heard about artificial intelligence (AI). Although not everyone was able to remember an example of using an AI application, 80% of those asked expected to see a wider proliferation of this technology. The research examined the opinion of the people on AI in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia. According to the results, most people have a positive view of innovations involving AI. Hungarians and Russians were found to be the most open.

Residents of the region have high hopes of AI. According to the survey, 63% of the Russians and Hungarians, 56% of the Czechs and 53% of the Poles asked trusted AI. Research data indicates that most of those living in the region are happy to see innovations featuring AI. 80% of the people in Russia, and 70% of the people in other countries were optimistic about this topic. Most of those asked expected this technology to become much more widespread over the next three years.

“The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have undergone extraordinary development during the past 30 years. Societies of the region are open to innovation and new experiences. At IBM, we believe that new AI technologies will make the enterprises of the region more innovative, will lead to the adoption of new economic models, will provide economic incentives and create new markets,” said Antonio Muttoni, Central and Eastern European director of IBM.

Artificial intelligence in healthcare

In addition to examining people’s attitude to AI, the research also examined what was expected of the technology’s development. According to Hungarian, Poles and Russians, AI would primarily be useful in electronics, while the Czechs believe that it will primarily be used in healthcare. However, citizens of all four countries agree that AI will be a useful tool in the hands of doctors and will help them decide when it comes to selecting the best treatment.

The future of the automobile industry lies in AI

According to the poll, AI will play an important role in the automobile industry. Over half the Hungarians expect self-driving cars to be widely available. Nearly half of the Russians have a similar opinion, while one third of the Poles and Czech are of the same opinion. The research also highlighted that according to the Czechs, AI can even be useful in traffic control.

In addition to expecting the proliferation of self-driving cars, Hungarians are also looking forward to it: 72% would be happy to purchase a vehicle controlled by AI in the future. This opinion is most popular amongst men, 79% of whom would buy a self-driving car, but this proportion is also close to two-third of the women asked. Eight out of ten would leave the selection of the best route to AI, while over half of those asked would use this technology in the evaluation of traffic violations. Generally, robots as surgeons would be accepted, but not the trust in robot soldiers.

Nearly half the Hungarians would undergo surgery performed by an AI controlled robot (a ratio of 54% among the men and 36% among the women asked). However, only 6% would be happy to see this technology in warfare. According to two out of three, intelligent robots would make good partners for lonely, elderly people. Those aged between 55 and 65 were the least enthusiastic, but even in this age group, more than half considered this a good idea.

Most people are not afraid of technology taking their jobs

According to most Hungarians, AI makes work more effective, eliminates routine tasks, increases the level of services, mitigates traffic jams and also simplifies travel and housework. Less jobs and the danger of hacker attempts were mentioned as the other side of the coin. However, barely 23% specifically mentioned AI as a serious threat.

NMS Market Research performed the poll in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia, involving 2,035 people aged 18 to 65, who were interviewed from 19 September to 1 October 2018. The sample is representative of the adult population, based on education levels (elementary, middle level, higher level) and their residence (in terms of the regions).

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