So they did this survey, right? And they found out that younger people, ages 18 to 34, are way more familiar with chatbots than older folks. Like 64 percent of young people know what’s up with chatbots, but only 38 percent of people over 55 are familiar with them.
But get this, they didn’t give a margin of error for the survey because they did it online, which means it’s not necessarily a truly random sample, you know what I mean?
Now, as far as using AI services and tools, most people had a good experience. I mean, 71 percent of them said it was good or excellent.
But check it out, Canadians are kind of split on whether AI is good for society. Like 31 percent think it’s good, but 32 percent say it’s bad. And here’s the thing, the younger folks are more likely to think AI is good for society, compared to the older Canadians.
The survey also found that people are worried about privacy and becoming too dependent on AI. And get this, 81 percent of people agreed that they’re worried about that. Plus, three-quarters of folks said that AI tools lack the emotion and empathy needed to make good decisions and threaten human jobs.
But here’s the kicker, almost 60 percent of people trust AI for things like adjusting their thermostat or playing music. But when it comes to more serious stuff, like creating content for school or work, people are less likely to trust AI. And there’s a big age gap there too, you know?
So, yeah, people have some mixed feelings about AI. I mean, they’re cool with it for some things, but definitely not everything. And there’s a big difference in opinion depending on your age.
And by the way, this report was from The Canadian Press and was published in February 9, 2024. It’s always interesting to see what these surveys find out about how people feel about this stuff.