AI will let crooks make counterfeit people and persuasive lies, ChatGPT warned

Artificial Intelligence could be used by criminals to create "counterfeit people" and send "persuasive lies", according to an expert on AI systems.

Gary Marcus, of New York University, an expert on AI systems, is the latest in a long line of top technology and computing figures, including Elon Musk, to have issued warnings about the tech.

He said: "They can and will create persuasive lies on a scale humanity has never seen."

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The expert said bad actors will harness the power of AI to manipulate even elections.

"Outsiders will use them to affect our elections, insiders to manipulate our markets and our political systems," he said.

"Democracy is threatened. What criminals are going to do here is create counterfeit people. It's hard to even envision the consequences."

And Sam Altman, whose company created the ChatGPT tool, shared his concerns about the technology in the US Senate before a Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law.

He admitted at the meeting yesterday, May 16, he his "concerned" and urged lawmakers to impose licensing requirements and other regulations on organisations that make advanced AI systems.

Altman, 38, said it is "critical to mitigate the risks of increasingly powerful" AI systems.

"As this technology advances, we understand that people are anxious about how it could change the way we live. We are, too," Altman told the committee.

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He also gave warnings about Generative AI, a type of artificial intelligence technology that can produce various types of content from scratch all by itself, including text, imagery, audio and synthetic data.

Altman said the technology would "address some of humanity's biggest challenges, such as climate change and curing cancer", but conceded it posed significant risks, too.

"The US Government might consider a combination of licensing and testing requirements for development and release of AI models above a threshold of capabilities," he told senators.

It comes after the 'Godfather of AI' Geoffrey Hinton quit his role as part of Google's AI development team, saying he regrets his work "because of the potential dangers" of the technology.

He warned that “bad actors” – unscrupulous world leaders like Vladimir Putin – would sooner or later unleash a dangerous AI onto the world.

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