Two-thirds of Britons believe that AI machines have the potential to wipe-out humanity, according to a new study.
However, the concern rises from 62 per cent to 72 per cent when it comes to tech savvy Brits.
Thanks to Hollywood’s portrayal of artificial intelligence in movies such as I, Robot and Ex Machina, where robots turn against their makers, people have been left fearful of machines potential.
The fear is not limited to humanoid machines however with 66 per cent of the population not trusting self-driving cars as they believe that they will crash.
Brits are worried that AI could lead to our downfall
While the majority believe that having an AI robot at home to do chores would be “cool”, 76 per cent “do not believe that these home robots are safe”, according to the study from consumer quality specialists SQS.
Dik Vos, CEO of SQS, said: “Our study showed that 64 per cent of the UK general public are sceptical about the role intelligent robots will play in their day-to-day lives.
People are also worried about driverless cars
“Alongside the fact that 76 per cent are concerned AI could be easily hacked by someone with malicious intent, our study proves the rapid uptake of technology in the UK has led to extreme perceptions regarding the overall safety of AI products.”
76 per cent “do not believe that these home robots are safe”
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“Yet, brand, products and services are all built on consumer trust, and it’s vital the AI community does everything in its power to protect its customers.
“The best way to protect consumers is to ensure that quality assurance is embedded into every part of the design and manufacturing process of all AI products.”