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Axios, Generation Lab, and Syracuse University Launch Groundbreaking AI Experts Survey

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Axios, in collaboration with Generation Lab and Syracuse University’s Institute for Democracy, Journalism & Citizenship and Autonomous Systems Policy Institute, are proud to announce the release of the inaugural Axios-Generation Lab-Syracuse University AI Experts Survey. This groundbreaking survey, conducted from July 14 to August 6, 2023, marks a significant milestone in harnessing the collective expertise of leading minds in the field of computer science and engineering.

The poll, based on responses from interviews with a representative sample of 213 esteemed professors, focuses on the insights and perspectives of experts in these fields. The respondents were drawn from 65 of the top 100 computer science programs in America, (as defined by the SCImago Journal's institutional rankings).

WHY? When we consider the world’s biggest challenges, we look to the experts.But when journalists, policymakers and corporations say “experts say…” we’re only hearing from a few.

The poll's key findings, unveiled in collaboration with Axios, shed light on critical issues in the AI landscape:


  • A plurality (37%) supported having a federal agency regulate AI, compared with a global organization or treaty (22%), Congress (16%), the White House (4%) or the private sector (3%).

  • Experts are split on how to regulate AI. Between options like “liability frameworks” and “human-in-the-loop” requirements, no regulatory strategy garnered more than 16% of expert support.

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This Axios-Generation Lab-Syracuse University AI Experts Poll was conducted July 14-Aug. 6, 2023, with an online survey distributed by email. The survey is based on responses interviews with n=213 professors of computer science and engineering, from 65 of the top 100 computer science programs in America, (as defined by the SCImago Journal's institutional rankings).

The computer science professors are faculty at the following institutions:

  • Binghamton University

  • Brown University

  • Carnegie Mellon University

  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins

  • Columbia University in the City of New York

  • Duke University

  • George Mason University

  • Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

  • Harvard University

  • Indiana University-Bloomington

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh

  • Northwestern University

  • Ohio State University-Main Campus

  • Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

  • Oregon State University

  • Princeton University

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick

  • Stanford University

  • Stony Brook University

  • Syracuse University

  • Temple University

  • Texas A & M University-College Station

  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

  • The University of Texas at Austin

  • University of California-Berkeley

  • University of California-Davis

  • University of California-Irvine

  • University of California-Los Angeles

  • University of California-San Diego

  • University of California-San Francisco

  • University of California-Santa Barbara

  • University of California-Santa Cruz

  • University of Chicago

  • University of Colorado Boulder

  • University of Connecticut

  • University of Delaware

  • University of Florida

  • University of Georgia

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • University of Kansas

  • University of Kentucky

  • University of Maryland-College Park

  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts

  • University of Notre Dame

  • University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

  • University of Oregon

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Rochester

  • University of South Florida

  • University of Southern California

  • University of Utah

  • University of Virginia-Main Campus

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Utah State University

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Washington State University

  • Wayne State University

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute



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