The United Nations has described artificial intelligence-generated media as a “serious and urgent” threat to the integrity of information, especially on social media..
In a report Posted June 12, the UN states that the risk of online disinformation has “intensified” due to “rapid advances in technology, such as generative artificial intelligence”, noting in particular “deepfakes”.
The UN said AI-generated false information and hate speech are “convincingly presented to users as fact.”. Last month, the S&P 500 index fell briefly due to an AI-generated image and fake news about an explosion near the Pentagon.
The UN urged AI stakeholders to tackle the spread of false information and called on them to take “urgent and immediate” action to ensure responsible use of AI.adding:
“The era of Silicon Valley’s ‘move fast and break things’ philosophy must be brought to a close.”
End the era of Silicon Valley’s ‘move fast and break things’ philosophy
Also on June 12, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, gave a press conference and said that the “red flags” about generative AI are “deafening” and “come more than the developers who designed it”.
Alarm over generative AI, as relevant as it is, must not obscure damage being done by digital tech enabling the spread of hate speech, mis- & disinformation now.
Fueling conflict & destruction.
Threatening democracy & human rights.
—António Guterres (@antonioguterres) June 12, 2023
The alarm about generative AI, as relevant as it is, should not hide the damage that is being caused by digital technology that enables the spread of hate speech, misinformation and disinformation.
It fuels conflict and destruction.
It threatens democracy and human rights.
Undermining public health and #ClimateAction. pic.twitter.com/XlisItDQIG
Guterres added that the report “will inform a UN Code of Conduct for the Integrity of Information on Digital Platforms.” The code is being developed ahead of the Future Summit, a conference to be held at the end of September 2024 with the aim of hosting intergovernmental discussions on a range of issues.
“The Code of Conduct will be a set of principles that we expect governments, digital platforms and other stakeholders to voluntarily apply,” he said..
The greatest political challenge in history
Meanwhile, On June 13, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Conservative Party politician William Hague released a report about the AI.
Both suggested that the UK, US and “other allies” governments should “push forward for a new UN framework on urgent safeguards”.
The arrival of AI “could pose the most important political challenge ever faced” due to its “unpredictable development” and its “increasing power,” both said.
Blair and Hague added that the government’s “current approaches and channels” are “misconfigured” for such a technology..
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