The scientific fields related to Advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Revolution (Advanced Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Technologies, Brain-inspired Computing, and Biological Computing) show a moderate engagement with citizens. Relative to the other three frontier issues, the analysed scientific topics have the strongest bias towards higher education and male participation, and show the highest rates of negative or neutral sentiments.
Key Facts and Insights
- Authorship is mostly male, academic and North America based. Hype topics like Quantum Computing or Quantum Cryptography tend to be from male authors, social implications topics tend to be from female authors.
- The age group dominating the conversation varies across continents, with older age groups more active in North America and Europe and younger people in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
- Younger authors discuss the topic more emotionally. Sentiments are generally positive across regions and demographics with the highest rates in Latin America and Africa.
- Computing power and AI will change the way we work, but sentiment varies across demographics. The young and educated see benefits and ask for rethinking productivity, others are more critical.
- Innovations in quantum physics dominate the discussion on a macro level (>80% volume). Unlike biocomputing, for example, there is a strong emphasis on general-purpose applications and societal implications.
- AI is penetrating various areas of life, such as law enforcement, and military applications. Strong ethical concerns are expressed in social media, regulatory measures are hardly noticed.
- “Hey, it’s not quantum physics!” — but what really is it? As people search for understandable answers, they fall for conspiracy theories.
Cloud and sentiment analysis
Each node representing one article and the linkages between dots show relations between topics in the analysed data.