Tweeting AI: Perceptions of lay versus expert twitterati

Lydia Manikonda, Subbarao Kambhampati

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Abstract

In light of the significant public interest in the AI technology and its impacts, in this research we set out to analyze the contours of public discourse and perceptions of AI, as reflected in the social media. We focus on Twitter, and analyze over two million AI related tweets posted by over 40,000 users. In addition to analyzing the macro characteristics of this whole discourse in terms of demographics, sentiment, and topics, we also provide a differential analysis of tweets from experts vs. non-experts, as well as a differential analysis of male vs. female tweeters. We see that (i) by and large the sentiments expressed in the AI discourse are more positive than is par for twitter (ii) that lay public tend to be more positive about AI than expert tweeters and (iii) that women tend to be more positive about AI impacts than men. Analysis of topics discussed also shows interesting differential patterns across experts vs. non-experts and men vs. women. For example, we see that women tend to focus more on the ethical issues surrounding AI. Our analysis provides a more nuanced picture of the public discourse on AI than can be gleaned from the media coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018
PublisherAAAI press
Pages652-655
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357988
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018 - Palo Alto, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2018Jun 28 2018

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Other12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018
CountryUnited States
CityPalo Alto
Period6/25/186/28/18

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Manikonda, L., & Kambhampati, S. (2018). Tweeting AI: Perceptions of lay versus expert twitterati. In 12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018 (pp. 652-655). AAAI press.

Tweeting AI : Perceptions of lay versus expert twitterati. / Manikonda, Lydia; Kambhampati, Subbarao.

12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018. AAAI press, 2018. p. 652-655.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Manikonda, L & Kambhampati, S 2018, Tweeting AI: Perceptions of lay versus expert twitterati. in 12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018. AAAI press, pp. 652-655, 12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018, Palo Alto, United States, 6/25/18.
Manikonda L, Kambhampati S. Tweeting AI: Perceptions of lay versus expert twitterati. In 12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018. AAAI press. 2018. p. 652-655
Manikonda, Lydia ; Kambhampati, Subbarao. / Tweeting AI : Perceptions of lay versus expert twitterati. 12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018. AAAI press, 2018. pp. 652-655
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