AI election heist in 2024? Not if America fights disinformation with it.

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When it comes to artificial intelligence, will democracy survive? As the election of 2024 draws near, there is a growing concern that artificial intelligence may generate an explosion of content that is both misleading and manipulative, particularly from unfriendly governments in other countries.

Deep fakes have been warned about by the New York Times, which has stated that they have the potential to “swing elections.” There has already been a call for caution about the application of artificial intelligence by the administration of Vice President Joe Biden. The possibility of election manipulation places even more pressure on the White House and Congress to slow down or even stop the development of AI.

Nevertheless, the actual solution is to hasten the implementation of AI. The use of artificial intelligence for defensive purposes is the most effective method of protecting against artificial intelligence that has been weaponized for electoral purposes.

A reality that is unsettling must be brought out at the beginning of any conversation about artificial intelligence and elections: there is no way to prohibit the development of misinformation and disinformation that is generated by AI. The United States will continue to utilize artificial intelligence (AI) to try to influence elections for as long as it has opponents in other countries. There are already powerful AI tools available.

Despite the fact that the genie cannot be returned to its bottle, its power can be neutralized via the application of technology that is much more potent.
The technology behind missiles is the most striking similarity. Missiles are manufactured and used by adversaries, but we have the ability to intercept them with our own missiles. This strategy is most obviously put into practice by Israel’s Iron Dome, which employs interceptor missiles to neutralize rockets that are approaching from the opposite direction.

AI-powered disinformation emerges major risk for nations including India in  election year 2024, ET Government

We need an information iron dome powered by artificial intelligence in the United States. For the purpose of identifying coordinated attacks that make use of bogus information generated by artificial intelligence, such as articles, photos, or videos, such a system would make use of the remarkable pattern-recognition capability of AI.
Artificial intelligence is more than capable of performing this function. Take into consideration the efforts that have been made over the course of several years to train an artificial intelligence model to recognize lip-sync deepfakes.

Try pronouncing “peanut butter brittle” to see how difficult it is for humans to pronounce words that begin with the letters M, B, or P without holding their mouths shut. Deepfakes, on the other hand, routinely disregard this fact. It is possible that a casual observer might not be aware of this, but researchers have discovered that a trained model can pinpoint these occurrences with a level of accuracy that is somewhat remarkable. Their program was able to identify deep fakes more than ninety percent of the time after being trained on films of former President Barack Obama.

AI is better than humans at finding deepfakes

Given the potential amount of such content, it would require an army of humans to detect attempts to influence elections that were driven by artificial intelligence. This would require tremendous quantities of money and time, to say nothing of the fact that human error would still be there.
In contrast, artificial intelligence systems could search the internet in a significantly more expedient, efficient, and effective manner, identifying deep fakes nearly as soon as they are brought to the attention of the public debate.

It is the difference between a high-tech, integrated missile-defense system and a swarm of soldiers with shoulder-mounted rockets pointed toward the sky. To use the rocket analogy, this is the difference. It is for a specific reason that Israel selected the Iron Dome.
Private businesses ought to be the ones to spearhead the development of this cutting-edge technology. Giving artificial intelligence that is focused on elections to agencies that are politically motivated would open the door to abuse and undermine the same democracy that we are trying to preserve.

It is also not a good idea to give government agencies excessive regulatory control over artificial intelligence and elections. There is a high probability that the burdens that would result would inhibit innovation, leaving the development of the technology to a select group of larger corporations.
In addition, this would weaken the trust that the American people have in democracy, given the broad worries that exist regarding bias within specific models.

AI could create a disinformation nightmare in the 2024 election | The Hill

The development of artificial intelligence ought to be fostered at the widest and most diverse range of conceivable businesses. A fierce level of competition will drive businesses to steer clear of ideology and instead focus on providing the most efficient products.

Tech firms can develop the tools needed to safeguard elections

Therefore, American corporations are well-suited to develop this technology because they are the world leaders in artificial intelligence. DeepMedia, a startup company, is already assisting the Pentagon in identifying deepfakes that pose a threat to national security. One example of this is the deepfake that depicts Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declaring that his men should surrender.
This similar technology might be further improved to defend elections by assisting voters in recognizing deepfakes as they come into contact with them.

Similar technology has found that a well-known piece of artwork created by an artist who was not previously known is in fact a masterpiece by Raphael. On the other hand, another artificial intelligence software has established that a portion of a different Raphael work was most likely painted by someone else, based on microscopic hints that were found across the artist’s known paintings.
Artificial intelligence has the potential to uncover profound fakes from Russia if it is able to grasp the secrets of Renaissance masters.

Consider the widespread usage of relatively low-tech election intervention activities, such as troll farms in North Macedonia and the Philippines. Even the most basic artificial intelligence programs are capable of recognizing these efforts in a short amount of time.

During his recent testimony before the Senate, my colleague Neil Chilson, who had previously served as the chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission, noted that “Malicious actors do not use cutting-edge technology for their activities.” Inexpensive fakes, selective editing, content farms located overseas, and even plain old Photoshop are all options that are both affordable and effective enough.

As the actual Iron Dome guards against artillery rounds as well as rockets, an artificial intelligence iron dome would be able to assist in the identification of these threats even more quickly.

The maximum amount of innovation in the election protection field has been stifled as a result of the uncertainty brought about by the possibility of regulation, as well as the persistent and loud requests to “pause” the growth of artificial intelligence. If politicians make it very obvious that businesses are able to operate within the confines of the law that is now in place, then the benefits will almost likely be felt before the election in November.

It is almost certain that foreign nations like as Russia, China, and Iran will use artificial intelligence in their efforts to manipulate elections, if they have not already done so. These nations are fully aware of the power that AI possesses.

AI could change the 2024 elections. We need ground rules. - The Washington  Post

It would be an especially irresponsible type of unilateral disarmament for the United States of America to take any action less than completely unleashing artificial intelligence in order to safeguard our democracy.

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