Public views about AI and the Future

The Gallup organization has just released a survey of 3298 American adults about their thoughts on AI and the future.  The interactive website is filled with many great visualizations.  

The key point seems to be that, contrary to popular notions of the fear of AI, most American’s (77%) have a positive view of AI in the next decade.  Interestingly, this is despite most Americans view that AI will have a negative impact on their own employment and the economy (73% believe AI will eliminate jobs).

The other noteworthy point is that optimism about AI, while high, is expected to decrease (difference between current optimism and future optimism).  But this varies by sub-group:  The largest difference between future-current optimism is by middle-aged folks who's livelihood may be affected (green) while older folks seem to be unchanged (blue, orange):

Image source: https://www.northeastern.edu/gallup/

Image source: https://www.northeastern.edu/gallup/