The Asia Pacific’s Uneven Embrace of the AI Revolution

Asia is the ‘most excited’ region about the future of AI according to an Ipsos report, however, just 39% of Aussies and 43% of Kiwis said they were excited about the technology.

According to new research, the Asia Pacific region remains divided on “whether to be nervous or excited about the AI revolution.”

These are the latest findings from the Ipsos AI Monitor global report, which surveyed people in 32 countries including the Asia Pacific, and measures attitudes towards AI, particularly understanding the technology and its impact on day-to-day life.

The survey, which was conducted from mid-April to early May, found there was a divide between people in the APAC region who are excited by the potential AI will offer, and those who are firmly skeptical about its future.


 

In Asia, most people (62%) said they were excited about the products and services that use AI; interest is greatest in China (80%), Indonesia (76%), Thailand (76%) and South Korea (73%).

English-speaking countries, including Australia and New Zealand, feel the need for caution with the approach to AI – just 39% of Aussies and 43% of Kiwis said they were excited about the technology. Both countries are more likely to feel trepidation about AI, with 66% of New Zealanders and 64% of Australians saying AI makes them nervous.

People in Asia Pacific recognize the changes AI will bring with lmost three quarters (73%) across APAC saying AI will profoundly change their life in the next year three to five years. Most people in APAC (66%) said AI would change how they do their jobs in the next five years.

“People are still firmly divided over whether AI will be a friend or foe in the coming years. Across the APAC region, Asian countries are leading the charge for embracing the technology, showing both a strong understanding and excitement about the technology,” said Ipsos APEC CEO, Hamish Munro.


 

“English-speaking countries, including Australia and New Zealand, remain skeptical about AI, particularly its impact on their day-to-day life and employment. Greater education around the technology and practical examples may help to build confidence in the AI revolution and how it can be harnessed to improve everyday life.”

Graphic via Ipsos

Key APAC findings

Ipsos provided the following summary of the key findings

· APAC has mixed understanding AI: Indonesia is leading the charge in understanding AI – 86% of those surveyed said they understand it. In Australia, 63% said they had a good understanding of AI. The figure is lower than the global average of 67%.

· Asia Pacific people are educated on AI products and services: Self-claimed knowledge about AI products and services is highest in Asia, with China (81%), Indonesia (80%) and Thailand (69%) topping the list. Just over a third of Australians (38%) know what products and services use AI, well below the global average of 52%.

· A divide in feelings towards AI: People are split over whether to be excited or nervous about AI. Countries in Asia are where excitement is highest with China, Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea most interested in AI products.

· AI expected to impact daily life: 73% of people across APAC said AI will profoundly change their life in the next year three to five years. China and Indonesia (78% and 73% respectively) are the most likely to think AI has already changed their lives.

· AI and employment: Most people across APAC (66%) said AI would change how they do their job in the next five years. Indonesia (87%), Thailand (81%) and China (80%) are the most likely to say AI will change how they do their job.

At least half of Australians think AI will change their job – 16% said it was very likely to affect their work, while 34% said it was somewhat likely. However, more Aussies think AI will improve their job (29%) than those who think it will make it worse (20%). Just under half (46%) expect it to make the job market worse.


The study is available for download here.

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