Experts are raising the alarm about the potential impact of AI on our election system:
- Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google stated, “The 2024 elections are going to be a mess because social media is not protecting us from falsely generated AI.”
- Elon Musk stated, “people will use the AI as a tool in elections… I think things are getting weird, and they’re getting weird fast.”
- General Timothy Haugh, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, warned that AI technologies will pose a major threat in next year’s Presidential elections.
- Isaac Goldberg, a political consultant stated, “….whatever we thought of as fake news …a couple of years ago will be laughable when we look back at the 2024 elections.”
- Sarah Kreps, director of the Cornell Tech Policy Institute, said “people may start to either assume that nothing is true or just believe their partisan cues. Neither one of those is really helpful for democracy. If you don’t believe anything, this whole pillar of trust we really on for democracy is eroded.” (Rebecca Klar & Julia Manchester – The Hill 6/18/2023.)
Will AI really be as large a threat as these experts suggest? If it is, is there anything we can do now to control the problem? What can traditional media, social media, Congress, the courts, and citizens do to control the dissemination of fake news and videos, and perhaps even fake votes?
Come join us at our next Brown Bag Lunch to discuss the threat AI poses to the 2024 election and to our political systems.
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