The Pew Research Center issued a report that experts “say the rise of artificial intelligence will make most people better off over the next decade, but many have concerns about how advances in AI will affect what it means to be human, to be productive and to exercise free will.” The December 2018 report entitled “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans” included these comments from 937 experts:

Many focused their optimistic remarks on health care and the many possible applications of AI in diagnosing and treating patients or helping senior citizens live fuller and healthier lives.

They were also enthusiastic about AI’s role in contributing to broad public-health programs built around massive amounts of data that may be captured in the coming years about everything from personal genomes to nutrition.

Additionally, a number of these experts predicted that AI would abet long-anticipated changes in formal and informal education systems.

Overall, and despite the downsides they fear, 63% of respondents in this canvassing said they are hopeful that most individuals will be mostly better off in 2030, and 37% said people will not be better off.

AI may be for real, so stay tuned!