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A study reveals that having high expectations for AI could result in risky decisions

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(Image credit- Forbes) A recent study highlights the placebo effect that occurs when people expect augmentation technology like artificial intelligence (AI) to improve their performance. According to the study, those who have high expectations for new technologies are more likely to take chances. People are adopting these technologies without fully understanding their benefits and limitations, which raises concerns about this trend. Risk-taking and AI Augmentation technologies are becoming more common, and while some of them, like spellcheck, have merged seamlessly into our daily lives, others, like exoskeletons and AI-based vision enhancement, have the potential to push human capabilities beyond what is currently possible, are becoming more and more common. However, the too-enthusiastic response to new technology breeds expectations that may have an impact on how people behave. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="709"]AI: Failed Promise Or A Case Of Unrealistic Expectations? Image credit- Forbes[/caption] Individuals are more likely to take chances when they believe cutting-edge technology like AI or brain-computer interfaces is boosting them, according to Robin Welsch, an assistant professor at Aalto University. This happens even when no enhancing technology is present, showing that expectations are at play rather than any discernible change. The results also suggest that strong confidence in improvement, based on a fictitious system, can influence judgment. Using the Columbia Card Task, Welsch and associates investigated risk-taking and decision-making. Participants believed their cognitive abilities would be improved by an AI-controlled brain-computer interface (the placebo). The enhancement offered no actual advantages, though, and participants hardly ever suffered losses. Despite this, the majority of participants felt it led them to perform better and take more risks. The study demonstrates how risk-taking behavior is affected by simulated cognitive advantages. A doctoral researcher at LMU Munich Steeven Villa issues the following warning: "The hype surrounding these technologies distorts people's expectations, leading them to make riskier decisions and form favorable evaluations, which can have real consequences." [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]The Age of AI has begun | Bill Gates Image credit- Gates Notes[/caption]

In no way neutral

Technology, according to the reports, is never neutral. They point out that exoskeletons are helping factory workers manage physically demanding tasks, while modern AI-based vision improvement tools are being made available to firefighters for increased sight through smoke. They opine that knowledge workers might reap equivalent advantages from generative AI systems. Also read: Netflix Reports Earnings and Addresses Password Sharing The authors raise concern about the possible repercussions, warning that because of unrealistic expectations, entire professions might develop a stronger propensity for risk-taking. Professor at HU Berlin Thomas Kosch emphasizes the expanding use of AI-based technologies that benefit users and have an impact on key decisions that have an impact on people's lives, well-being, confidence, and safety. In order to effectively assess and validate emerging technologies, Kosch underlines the significance of performing placebo-controlled experiments. This will help to ensure that genuine innovation is distinguished from false promises. The study, "Anticipating cognitive augmentation increases risk-taking behavior," was released in the publication Computers in Human Behavior.  

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