How Will AI Impact the 2024 Election?
As AI becomes both more powerful and easier to use, misinformation and deepfakes are real problems as we head into 2024. The time to pray is now.
From The Wall Street Journal. China invades Taiwan and migrants surge across the U.S.-Mexico border in a video depicting the aftermath of President Biden’s re-election. In a series of images, former President Donald Trump is pursued on foot and apprehended by uniformed police officers. Another photo shows the Pentagon engulfed in flames following an explosion. (Editor’s note: You can watch the AI-produced video the GOP released HERE.)
The common denominator among these scenes? They are all fake. Rapidly evolving artificial intelligence is making it easier to generate sophisticated videos and images that can deceive viewers and spread misinformation, posing a major threat to political campaigns as 2024 contests get under way. …
The Republican National Committee was behind the video portraying a dystopian America should Biden secure a second term. Trump posted a manipulated video of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper reacting to the former president’s appearance at a town hall hosted by the network. …
Trump also shared a parody of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s glitch-filled presidential-campaign launch on Twitter Spaces. The fake video posted by Trump features DeSantis, Twitter Chief Executive Elon Musk, Democratic donor George Soros, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Adolf Hitler and the devil and appears to use AI-generated voice clones, including of Trump, who interjects to say, “Hold your horses, Elon, the real president is going to say a few words.” …
The speed at which AI can generate content is seen as a game changer. Rather than having to rely on consultants and digital experts, AI is a far cheaper means through which campaigns can respond to events in real time.
Democratic and Republican consultants say they are also testing AI and the viral chatbot ChatGPT as digital organizing tools that can help draft speeches, fundraising emails and texts and build voter files. …
Online watchdogs are warning that the technology could be used for more nefarious purposes, including to spread false information about polling hours and locations, voter-registration deadlines or how people can cast their ballots.
On the eve of the initial round of Chicago’s mayoral election in February, staff for candidate Paul Vallas noticed a video circulating on Twitter. It showed his photo and played a voice that sounded like his, appearing to condone police brutality, said Brian Towne, Vallas’s campaign manager.
The video didn’t circulate widely and likely didn’t affect the vote, Towne said. Vallas finished first in the February round but lost a runoff. Nevertheless, Towne described the episode as a dangerous precedent. He said that he didn’t know who created the video and that the campaign determined it was likely created using AI. …
The rise of generative AI systems has prompted tech leaders to call for a new labeling system, allowing users to see whether a piece of content is AI-generated. The RNC’s video on Biden’s re-election came with a disclaimer in small white text stating “built entirely with AI imagery.” …
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Some verses to keep in mind while considering this topic:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5).
Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments (Psalm 119:66).
(Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal. Photo Credit: Canva)
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