To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, in a democracy, being informed grants people agency and having agency gives us a voice. Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to challenge both of these critical assumptions embedded for hundreds of years at the heart of our understanding of democracy. What happens when the loudest, or most influential, voice in politics is one created by a computer? And what happens when that computer-made voice also looks and sounds like a human?
If we are lucky, AI-generated or AI-manipulated audio and video will cause only brief moments of isolated confusion in our political sphere. If we are not, there is a risk it could permanently upend politics—and society.
From The Walrus
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