by Axios | 7.12.18
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Advances in artificial intelligence are supercharging propaganda, espionage, and cybercrime, threatening "the end of truth," says a new report from the Center for a New American Security, shared first with Axios.
Why it matters: Cybercriminals and governments are stocking up on the AI capabilities that will define the next generation of conflict. At the same time, automation and the rise of fake information are stirring up unrest. Together, these forces can turn society upside down.
The biggest coming danger is so-called "deepfakes," or AI-doctored videos falsely showing people saying or doing something, according to a co-author of the report, published today by the Center for a New American Security and shared first with Axios
The details: The report is an abridged encyclopedia of the good and ill that AI could bring to national security. Some scenarios show the potential upside of AI tools, but others would result in chaos if not challenged by smart AI countermeasures.
The impact: If this wave is left unchecked, the report warns, the world could face "the end of truth" — a grisly fate the public has already had a taste of, thanks to misinformation released on social media sites and by the White House.
Convincing fakery will extend to targeted online scams, the report says:
The report's examples vary from the current to the far-off, like mind-reading AI. But they're not prophecies that humanity is doomed to suffer. "We’re not passive bystanders here," Scharre says. He urges the U.S. government to act.
The United States government does not have a plan to remain a global leader in AI. I fear that U.S. policymakers take America’s technological advantages for granted. We’re in a race and we need to compete to stay ahead.
— Paul Scharre, director of the technology and national security program, CNAS
Among the report's suggestions:
(Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios)
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