OpenAI Tries To Counteract Fears Regarding AI Interfering With Upcoming Elections

The upcoming elections are on everyone’s minds and many in the US and beyond are concerned about how modern technology in the form of AI can end up meddling the results.

It’s not just a worry expressed by the general voter or average American citizen but also by leading officials including the company’s own CEO, Sam Altman.

The tech giant just published a blog post on the subject and tried to address all the concerns that the masses had regarding the breakthrough technology impacting the outcome of the elections.

More than one-third of the world is gearing up toward the voting polls in 2024 and that is coming with a lot of worry in terms of AI interfering with the elections’ integrity. Remember, we’re talking about two revolutionary rollouts from the firm that include ChatGPT and DALL-E. The former can mimic all things written by humans without errors while the latter can produce images that are so real that you’ll be confused as to whether or not it’s fabricated.

In May of last year, we saw Sam Altman stand in front of the US Congress and testify about how he also was worried about generative AI impacting the elections’ integrity through the spread of disinformation.

The company that’s based in San Francisco mentioned how the US is going to have elections soon and therefore it’s working side by side and in close contact with the country’s National Association of Secretaries of State. The latter is a firm that is designed to promote the most effective democratic process including elections.

ChatGPT would direct users toward, whenever they roll out queries about the election race.

Similarly, they would be doing everything to ensure the viewer is aware of which pictures are real and which are fabricated to prove if it’s produced via AI technology or not. This would be right after a protocol is rolled out by the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity.

In other mentions through the post, the ChatGPT maker added how it is designing more means to identify content produced via DALL-E, despite images being modified.

OpenAI mentioned through its blog post how the policies it has in store at this moment in time are created to prevent the technology from being utilized in ways that can be abusive like producing chatbots who act like they represent a real individual or end up demotivating a voter from making a decision in a certain direction.

It would also prevent the creation of pictures from real-life sources through its DALL-E model, including those targeting specific political candidates taking part in the election race.

As it is, the firm is under a lot of pressure and faces major challenges linked to policing and what is arising on the app.

Last year, we saw media giant Reuters make efforts to produce pictures of former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden. Thankfully the request was barred and a message popped up regarding how such actions are not in line with the firm’s current policy.
But if you think that stopped Reuters, think again. They still managed to produce more than a dozen images of other leading faces in the world of politics such as former VP Mike Pence with great success.

So as you can tell, the struggle is real and one that the firm has been dealing with ever since it brought its AI tools into existence. But the real crunch is now when election time is upon us all.

Over 1/3 of the world frets AI's role in 2024 elections; OpenAI reassures with precautionary measures.
Photo: Digital Information World - AIgen/HumanEdited

Read next: IMF Chief Refers To AI As A Double-Edged Sword With Tremendous Opportunity For Global Growth But A Serious Risk To Job Security
Previous Post Next Post