ST poll: Safety before privacy in AI surveillance

Over two-thirds of respondents support use of AI in drowning detection and law enforcement

A closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed at East Coast Park. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Privacy takes a back seat in Singapore when it comes to safety and security, a Straits Times poll on attitudes towards the use of artificial intelligence (AI) shows.

But the technique that allows machines to learn from enormous sets of data is less acceptable when used to determine people's credit worthiness or work productivity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2019, with the headline ST poll: Safety before privacy in AI surveillance. Subscribe