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The AI Revolution Isn’t Happening

At least, it’s happening awfully slowly.

Will Lockett
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4 min readJun 10, 2024

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AI is taking over the world. These incredibly powerful computer programs can render numerous jobs obsolete and even automate tedious day-to-day tasks. It seems like the future is here, and if you believe the hype, hoards of people are flocking to adopt this technology, particularly generative AI like ChatGPT, as fast as possible to better their lives. But are they really? A recent study by the Reuters Institute suggests otherwise.

The Reuters Institute surveyed 12,000 people in six countries, including the UK. What they found goes entirely against the AI hype narrative, as almost all surveyed don’t use AI tools at all. For example, it was found that 20% to 30% of people in the countries surveyed had yet to hear of the top AI tools, such as ChatGPT, and only 28% had tried generative AI tools. Despite that, the vast majority of those who said they have tried generative AI said they only used it once or twice. This is reflected in the data, as in the UK, only 1% said they use AI tools on a daily basis. Meanwhile, daily use of generative AI was only reported by 1% of those surveyed in Japan, 2% in France and 7% in the US.

As such, the report’s lead author, Dr Richard Fletcher, told the BBC that “there was a ‘mismatch’ between the ‘hype’ around AI and the ‘public interest’…

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Will Lockett
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