As expected, there’s no news worthy of your attention today, Dear Reader. But I’ll offer some interesting surveys. Here’s one on connected devices from network technology provider TNS. They found that most (62%) of U.S. adults think such devices boost the quality of life, even though even more (72%) felt that location data creates privacy and security risks. You won’t be surprised that 25-34 year olds are the most enthusiastic.
A survey by chip technology vendor Arm also found positive attitudes towards tech: 61% said increased automation will make society better while just 22% said they would make things worse. Loss of personal data was the top concern about AI, cited by 85% compared with 63% worrying about machines being unreliable and a still-considerable 57% fearing they would become more intelligent than humans. Reflecting those worries, 67% said they’d prefer AI devices to store data locally and 57% still felt that way even if cloud storage would improve performance.
Again: this SAS study found that 67% of U.S. consumers want the government to do more to protect data privacy. They’re already helping themselves: 77% said they had changed privacy settings, 67% said they are changing or rejecting cookies, 56% had deleted a mobile app and 36% had removed a social media account. The survey didn’t ask whether they’re mad as hell but the answer is clear.
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