Consumers are developing a widening “trust gap” with companies using artificial intelligence, with many airing concerns about the potential unethical use of the technology, according to a new Salesforce survey.
On Aug. 28, the customer relationship software firm released survey results from over 14,000 consumers and firms in 25 countries that suggested nearly three-quarters of customers are concerned about the unethical use of AI.
Over 40% of surveyed customers do not trust companies to use AI ethically, and nearly 70% said it’s more important for companies to be trustworthy as AI tech advances.
One thing’s clear: there’s risk of an AI trust gap.
As more and more businesses use AI, it’s on the brands to earn their customers’ trust.
— Salesforce (@salesforce) August 28, 2023
Salesforce highlighted that respondents have become less open to using AI since last year.
In its 2022 survey, over 80% of business buyers and 65% of consumers were open to using AI to improve experiences — both have dropped respectively to 73% and 51%.
More problems than it solves
Meanwhile, a separate survey of nearly 1,500 Australians released Aug. 28 by market research firm Roy Morgan found nearly 60% of those surveyed agreed AI “creates more problems than it solves.”
One in five also believed the tech would risk human extinction by 2043 — echoing fears from AI pundits who signed a letter in May agreeing that mitigating human extinction risks from AI should be a global priority.
However, despite the two recent showing a growing distrust of AI, another shows a majority in the United States haven’t heard of — let alone even used — what’s arguably the most widely-known AI chatbot.
An Aug. 28 Pew Research report of over 5,000 Americans found that 18% had actually used OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
Around a quarter overall had heard of the chatbot, and of the ChatGPT-aware cohort, it was mostly those under 30 years old who had used the bot at least once, with around 40% having done so.
As a global debate on how to regulate AI takes place, people on both sides of the U.S. political aisle who are aware of ChatGPT are concerned about the government not going far enough in regulating AI chatbot use, with nearly 70% overall favoring more rules.