The analysis comprises 343,000 news articles, blog posts or scientific publications in the last year, discussing developments in AI and quantum technologies. Each node in the sentiment analysis opposite represents one article and the linkages between dots show relations between topics in the analysed data.
The analysis comprises 2.5 million posts, discussing AI, quantum technologies, computational creativity, unconventional computing, augmented reality, collective intelligence, machine consciousness, and robotics with a net positive sentiment of 65 per cent and reaching 3 trillion views.
Sentiment towards Advanced AI and Quantum Revolution across the world
- In South and Central America, Brazil leads with 32 per cent of all regional social media postings, followed closely by Mexico at 28 per cent. Remarkably, Belize stands out for its per capita posts, surpassing other nations in the region.
- The APAC region demonstrates India's dominance with a 61 per cent share of social media postings, followed by Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
- Africa exhibits active engagement with AI and Quantum, led by South Africa (27 per cent), Nigeria (35 per cent), and Kenya (17 per cent).
- Within Europe, the UK holds the largest share of social media postings at 37 per cent, closely trailed by Germany, also at 37 per cent.
Social media: emerging hot topics and discussions
Trust and AI
There is an intense debate surrounding Generative AI on social media, both regarding its potential to transform diverse industries and its risks.</sup> Part of this involves discussion of the multitude of strategies and approaches aimed at tackling the problems arising from AI-generated deepfakes, including deep voice fakes and deep image fakes. People are actively discussing the wide-ranging implications for authentication, media integrity, trust in digital platforms, and the potential for cheating in academia.
Users on social media have been engaged in lively discussions about recent advancements in quantum technology. Among the key breakthroughs that users are debating are quantum error correction, teleportation, communication, algorithms, and sensors. Additionally, topics like Google's quantum supremacy demonstration and developments in quantum machine learning and post-quantum cryptography are generating substantial interest.
Virtual Reality (VR)
On social media platforms such as Twitter and Reddit, people are increasingly discussing recent breakthroughs in AR and VR technology. Topics include Mixed Reality (XR) experiences, the potential impact of 5G+ connectivity, spatial audio, improved hardware, cloud-based solutions, hand tracking, haptic feedback, and enterprise applications. With the number of AR users projected to reach 90 million in the US by 2023 and 100 million by 2025, along with 68.9 million VR users, interest in these technologies remains strong.
Decentralised autonomous organisations
A trend has emerged on social media discussing the impact of Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) on the future of work, powered by self-executing smart contracts and blockchain technology.
How is sentiment changing?
Mainstream media coverage has increased In 2022, 239.8k media articles were published relating to Advanced AI and Quantum Revolution, increasing to 343.6k articles by 2023. Alternative AI, biocomputing, human-computer interactions and machine consciousness have shown the greatest increase in media popularity during this time.
Social media reveals changing sentiments and demographic engagement In 2023, AI advancements witnessed an 18 per cent surge in adverse sentiment compared to 2022. This trend reflects mounting criticism, reluctance, and scepticism among digital audiences. As AI innovation accelerates, apprehensions surrounding ethical consequences, workforce displacement, potential misuse, privacy challenges, and data protection are intensifying uncertainty and fostering more prudent dialogues.
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