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Debate 3:

The Pulse of Society on Frontier Issues

Quantum Revolution & Advanced AI

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.

Sentiment drivers

Positive sentiment is centred around:

  • Interest in Science: Many posts ask the community for information or promote an open discussion on pros and cons of technological advances.

  • Quantum Revolution: Emerging applications of quantum technology are seen positively and are expected to change the world sustainably.

  • Quantum-Safe Cryptography: Quantum cryptography is believed among the closest to realisation. Increased security is believed desirable.

Neutral/mixed sentiment is centred around:

  • Industry Disruption (Quantum): Quantum computing is expected to solve expensive problems, but many question an eventual breakthrough.

  • Quantum Supremacy: Following the theoretical justification, companies achieving supremacy are cheered, but also criticised for premature results.

  • Human Superiority to today’s AI: Some expect AI to never be able to fully replace human work, while others await replacing cumbersome work.

Negative sentiment is centred around:

  • Difficulty of Subject (Quantum): Quantum physics is often referred to as ultimately hard to understand: “It’s not quantum physics!”.

  • Emerging Cyberthreats: Quantum computing may break encryption as it is practiced today. Discussions highlight future issues and necessity to act.

  • Quantum breaking Blockchain: As encryption plays a central role in cryptocurrencies, their prevalence in the age of quantum computing is disputed.

It appears clear from the analysis, that the quantum revolution more strongly drives the discussion compared to advanced AI and related fields. This can be explained with the relative strong hype around Quantum and the fact, that the AI discussion is strongly focused on current forms of Artificial Intelligence but not the next generations of it.