AI is a threat to privacy—this is how 76.3% of Chinese people feel about artificial intelligence technology according to a survey of 8,000 participants carried out by CCTV and Tencent Research. Facial recognition was the usage of AI for which respondents had the highest awareness, and over half felt AI was already having an impact on their work and life.

The survey also revealed a high awareness of AI among the population. The tech firm and State-run TV network conducted an additional set of questions on AI as part of the annual TV show that publicizes the results of the larger China Economic Life Survey (《中国经济生活大调查》).

The respondents were asked about various aspects of AI and how it affects and could affect them. The AI usage categories with the highest awareness among survey participants were autonomous driving at 59.2%, health at 45.2%, education at 40.5%, and finance at 38.3%.

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...