Public perception of artificial intelligence and its connections to the sustainable development goals

Shin Cheng Yeh*, Ai Wei Wu, Hui Ching Yu, Homer C. Wu, Yi Ping Kuo, Pei Xuan Chen

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    Artificial Intelligence (AI) will not just change our lives but bring about revolutionary transformation. AI can augment efficiencies of good and bad things and thus has been considered both an opportunity and risk for the sustainable development of humans. This study designed a survey to collect 1018 samples of educated people with access to the internet in Taiwan regarding their perceptions of AI and its connections to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The re-spondents showed high confidence in their AI knowledge. They had a very positive attitude toward AI but at the same time thought AI was risky. In general, people in Taiwan could be “rational opti-mists” regarding AI. We also examined how people think of the linkages between AI and the SDGs and found that SDG 4, SDG 9, and SDG 3 had the highest “synergy” and lowest rates of “trade-off”. Significant differences for some key questions were also identified concerning the demographic var-iables such as gender, age, education, and college major. According to the data analysis, education played as the base to construct a sustainable AI-aided town with an embedded innovative circular economy and high-quality water and energy services, making the residents live healthier lives. The findings of this study can be referred to when the perceptions of AI and sustainability issues are of interest for an emerging high-tech economy such as Taiwan and other Asian countries.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number9165
    JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
    Issue number16
    Publication statusPublished - 2021 Aug


    • AI
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Public perception
    • SDG
    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • Synergy
    • Taiwan
    • Trade-off

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Building and Construction
    • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
    • Hardware and Architecture
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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