There is growing concern that deepfakes could be used to sway voters in the 2020 presidential election. A report published this month by researchers at NYU identified deepfakes as one of eight factors that may contribute to disinformation during next year’s race.
Today these same companies are under fire from their employees over who this technology is being sold to, namely branches of the US government like the Department of Defense and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
There’s no putting the cat back in the bag.
Workers from Google, Microsoft, and now Amazon have signed petitions and quit in protest of the government work.
Sharing my perspective on this subject: AI technology is moving so rapidly that if we don’t pay attention – and most people don’t – it will deal the final blow to what little is left of our privacy. Our personal lives will no longer be personal. We will become ‘profiles’ for governments, corporations, employers, and private citizens with the resources (aka $$$$$) to access and review and analyze. Our humanity reduced to data on a server somewhere. AI will record all our faces for what? because it can? The image our appearance, our moods and expressions, presents to the world is joining the rest of the 0’s and 1’s already accumulated to identify us. No one will have any privacy their entire lives and we have yet to see the price we’ll all pay for it. AmishHomo
If the Earth is conquered by robots sometime in the future then the world can look at Boston Dynamics as the starting point for the demise of the human race.
The robotics company released new videos of its Atlas and MiniSpot robots doing new tricks, and it’s both fascinating and terrifying.