Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Survey 2019 |
This survey form has been designed for executives in technology companies that develop or use Artificial Intelligence [AI] technology, AI developers, and researchers/scientists involved in AI development or use.
We appreciate you taking the time to complete the following survey. It should take about ten minutes of your time.
This survey is administered by Abhayraj Naik, Consultant, SFLC.in. The purpose of the survey is to better understand how companies and AI developers/researchers feel about AI and ethics. Information gathered during this survey will be written up as a report commissioned by SFLC.in. What we learn from this survey will help us understand the best regulatory response in India to the ethical challenges posed by AI.
Your responses are voluntary and will be confidential. All responses will be compiled together and analyzed as a group. Responses will not be identified in a manner that can be traced back to any specific individual, institution or company.
If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to learn more about the survey or the SFLC.in study, please contact Abhayraj Naik at +91-9886831639 or
If you’d like to read the study results, they should be available by late August 2019 at
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Designation / Work Title
Company/Institution Location (City and Country)
Company/Institution Website (if available)
What do you understand by Artificial Intelligence (AI)? (Please limit your response to one sentence only)
Which industry/industries do you or your company/institution belong to? [Select all that apply - See:
for industry sub-classifications if required]
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Mining and quarrying
Electricity, gas, steam and air-condition supply
Water supply, sewerage, waste management
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Transport and storage
Accommodation and food service activities
Information and communication
Financial and insurance activities
Real estate activities
Professional, scientific and technical activities
Administrative and support service activities
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
Human health and social work activities
Arts, entertainment and recreation
Other service activities
This question does not apply to me
If you responded "Other" to the question above, please specify the industry that you or your company/institution belong to.
What method/s do you or your company/institution use for acquiring or developing AI? [Select all that apply]
Automated machine learning
Codevelopment with partners
Data science modelling tools
Enterprise software with AI
Open-source development tools
If you responded "Other" to the question above, please specify the method/s that you or your company/institution use for acquiring or developing AI.
What use cases with AI is your company, product, research or service focusing on? [Select all that apply]
Connected equipment, devices, products
Customer service (including virtual assistants)
Quality control / detecting defects
Tax, audit and compliance
If you responded "Other" to the question above, please specify the use cases with AI your company, product, research or service is focusing on.
Do you or your company/institution think of the possible ethical risks/concerns that might be involved at the time of developing or adopting AI technology?
If you answered "Yes" or "Maybe" for the question above, please briefly describe the ways and processes in which you or your company/institution respond to possible ethical risks/concerns involved in the development or use of AI technology.
How does progress in AI make you feel? [Select all that apply]
None of the above
If you responded "Other" to the question above, please specify how progress in AI makes you feel.
What are the potential AI risks of concern to you or your company/institution? [Select all that apply]
Cybersecurity vulnerabilities of AI
Erosion of customer trust from AI failures
Ethical risks of AI
Failure of AI system in a mission-critical or life-or-death context
Legal responsibility for decisions/actions made by AI systems
Making the wrong strategic decisions based on AI
Regulatory noncompliance risk
None of the above
If you responded "Other" to the question above, please specify what are the potential risks of concern to your company/institution.
What are the potential ethical risks of AI of concern to you or your company/institution? [Select all that apply]
Bias or discrimination in the AI operation
Fake information or news being spread through AI operation
Increased isolation of people
Increased uncertainty in operation of intellectual property rights
Increased uncertainty of liability in case of harm due to AI operation
Inadequate transparency and explainability in AI function
Loss of jobs
Potential use of AI for criminal activities
Potential use of AI for violent activities including in situations of war
Reduction in fair competition in some markets
Reduction in human creativity and freedom of thought
Reduction in safety in some situations
None of the above
If you responded "Other" to the question above, please specify what are the potential ethical risks of AI of concern to your company/institution.
Which of the following is closest to your view?
Regulation is critical and should be done by a public body to confirm safe development of AI
Public regulation is a form of government interference and the government should stay out of it
The industry should regulate itself
Regulation will slow down AI development and growth
Regulation is not needed
Briefly describe how you think that AI should be regulated in India in the coming years.
Anything else that you would like to tell us to clarify any of your earlier responses? Any other thoughts on the topic that you feel like sharing here?
Are you open to the possibility of being contacted for a follow-up conversation on AI and ethics?
Date (of completing this survey response)
Note: Several survey questions used here have been borrowed or adapted from two earlier surveys conducted on AI:
1) 2019 Edelman AI Survey, Edelman, March 2019, online:
2) State of AI in the Enterprise, 2nd Edition, Deloitte, October 2018, online:
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