The latest buzz concerns AI (artificial intelligence). Simply put, artificial intelligence is a computer program that thinks and learns on its own without human interaction. However, people developing AI programs can easily be biased toward AI behavior by political, emotional, or economic factors. AI is nothing new. In the year In the 1968 film, 2001 a Space Odyssey, an AI-programmed computer tries to take over the astronauts and destroy the human astronauts. In the year In the early 1970s, Bell Laboratories developed software to sample, transmit, and reconstruct a person’s voice for their electronic switching system. In the year The 1980 film “War Games” presented a scenario in which a computer can think and learn (AI) and almost destroy the planet – not a bleak future. Virtual assistants such as Siri, Alexa, Chat GPT and Google Assistant are popular contemporary examples of conversational AI. Ask Siri for the nearest gas station and it will pop up on your handheld device. The big players in AI are Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook.
So, what is all the fuss about? The answer is the rapid development of AI despite advances in computer technology and ethical issues. AI can be very useful and almost everyone can use this technology, but it can be abused by the bad people among us. UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has developed recommendations on the ethics of artificial intelligence. In short, privacy must be protected, data usage protected and compliance with international law and sovereignty respected. Clearly, there are three main issues: lack of neutrality (AI is susceptible to the interests of programmers such as ideology, bias, political persuasion and other forms of bias), lack of transparency (it may not be the basis for AI decisions) and control over human data collection. Loss (privacy issues). Congress is trying to get some of these concerns under control, even if they know nothing about the technology and would never admit it in the usual fashion.
Voice cloning using AI is on the rise and used by fraudsters. Voice cloning is the reconstruction of a person’s voice by a computer, just like a loved one or friend. A common scam is to receive a phone call from a family member who sounds like they’re in trouble and need money right away. The giveaway is a voice asking you to send money via crypto, gift cards, wire, etc. – a clear scam. How do scammers find your voicemail? It usually happens when you answer a robocall and say a few words like “yes”, “no”, etc. This is enough for the AI to sample and reconstruct your voice. Agreeing on a family password can help differentiate between family and the enemy.
With computerized photo editors, you can generate a video using AI of a completely fake person trying to influence you. AI has been used in the music world to create songs that are similar to famous artists even though the artist was not involved in the creation, which can be a copyright infringement. Investors should be alert to scams based on AI. Some investment promotion videos feature someone who never existed.
AI has its blessings and problems and wants us to understand and question the content of AI until proven. The bad guys always seem to be ahead of the game. “For the children of this world are wiser to their generation than the children of light.” —Luke 16:8.