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Black Americans Believe AI Will Affect Their Jobs the Most

new study created in collaboration with CNBC recently released their findings on which demographics believe they’ll be most affected by the rise of artificial intelligence. 

Working alongside survey platform SurveyMonkey, the outlet’s studies found that, amongst 9,000 workers across the nation, about 24% are worried that artificial intelligence, or more simply known as AI, will take over their job positions.  

Of the workers who believe that AI will affect their positions, members of BIPOC communities were found to be the most concerned. Whereas only 19% of white employees believe AI may take over the workforce, 32% of Black employees, 35% of Hispanic employees and 38% of Asian workers believe that the advancing technology may pose a threat in the future. 

As for age demographics, the study found that younger workers were more worried than older employees. Whereas just 14% of employees that fit in the age range of 65 and older were concerned, 32% of employees from the range of 18 to 24 years old were reported as agreeing that AI was a future concern. 

“Most workers are not using AI to do their jobs on a regular basis, but those who are seem intimidated by the new technology and what it might mean for them longer-term,” said the senior research manager of science at SurveyMonkey owner Momentive Global, Laura Wronski, per CNBC. “Even if they aren’t affected yet, many workers are nervous about how different things could be with a greater reliance on AI for tasks that used to be done manually.”

In recent years, AI has been on the rise in different sectors of business and is still expected to grow in its reach. According to a recent report by Forbes, market research reporting company Grand View Research predicts the usage of AI will increase by approximately 37% each year from now until 2030.

Along with its usage for maps and navigation, personalized shopping, facial recognition, virtual assistants and mapping trends, AI has been making headlines for its usage in music. Recent releases such as the MusicLM by Google have allowed users to generate music using text, controversially leading to the generation of tracks using artists’ voices. 

AI tool ChatGPT has also been heavily discussed for its role in plagiarism among U.S. students. Although the intended use for the tool is for entrepreneurs, tech workers and healthcare workers, according to Intelligent, nearly a third of students in colleges across the U.S. have used ChatGPT to generate writing for classes.

Despite the controversial uses of the new technology, AI has provided some benefits in recent years as it charts its rise. 

Along with cancer screening, AI has been instrumental in predicting floods and wildfires to map out the future of climate change, creating art such as 3D photography and increasing online protection, amongst other benefits.

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