I’ve been writing this week that government use of AI involves SO much more than making the tech work. And public security is a government service right at the center of that discussion. For example, do we want AI determining who’s a threat and who’s not before a crime is committed, as we ask human police officers to do? If so, how should that tech be integrated into our daily lives so it can be unobtrusive, but effective, and most importantly be accountable for the determinations it makes?
There is pretty widespread public support globally for exploring these questions, as indicated by this survey of 26 countries (including the U.S.). While concerns about privacy are understandable and legitimate, those are concerns to be carefully considered, not to stop the discussion altogether – at least that’s how I read these results. What discussions are you having about how AI can improve government services most effectively?
Support for a limited and restricted government use of AI and facial recognition in order to maintain order is held by a majority of citizens in every single country surveyed