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Sep 21, 2022

People who distrust fellow humans show greater trust in artificial intelligence

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— A person’s distrust in humans predicts they will have more trust in artificial intelligence’s ability to moderate content online, according to a recently published study. The findings, the researchers say, have practical implications for both designers and users of AI tools in social media.

“We found a systematic pattern of individuals who have less trust in other humans showing greater trust in AI’s classification,” said S. Shyam Sundar, the James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects at Penn State. “Based on our analysis, this seems to be due to the users invoking the idea that machines are accurate, objective and free from ideological bias.”

The study, published in the journal of New Media & Society also found that “power users” who are experienced users of information technology, had the opposite tendency. They trusted the AI moderators less because they believe that machines lack the ability to detect nuances of human language.

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  1. munchkincat says:

    The user, or the human being whose life is influenced by the AI, is the one who, in the end, invests their faith in the system. Previous research in the field of psychology has focused on investigating topics such as trust in automated systems. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies offer distinct issues for user trust. AI systems get their actions by recognizing patterns among vast volumes of data.

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