Former President Donald Trump has sounded the warning bell on artificial intelligence (AI), calling it perhaps “the most dangerous thing out there.” He chatted with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo on her show, Sunday Morning Futures, about his concerns. During a preview of their chat, Trump discussed various topics, including central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and the frightening impact of AI. He pointed out “deepfakes,” a type of AI technology, as a particular concern due to its security threats.
Artificial intelligence, especially the kind that generates new content, has come a long way since last year. A big downside is the creation of deepfakes. These fake videos can look very real and often feature well-known people like Trump or President Joe Biden. They’re so convincing that they’ve triggered worry about how they could be misused.
Discussing a personal incident, Trump said, “I saw someone recently using a fake video of me to endorse their product. I never would, and honestly, you couldn’t tell it wasn’t me.”
It’s not just an issue for politicians; celebrities are targeted too. Fake videos of famous faces like Pope Francis, Tom Hanks, and Taylor Swift are all over the internet. This surge contributes to bigger problems with fake news and twisting the truth.
The Global Response and Urgent Calls for Action
Trump’s unease about AI is in step with concerns from the United Nations and its head last summer. The UN warned about AI and called for immediate action to manage its use ethically, especially with the spread of lies and hate speech. The troubles caused by AI material can harm more than just someone’s good name; they threaten to affect the big picture.
Even Gary Gensler, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chair, has sounded the alarm on deepfakes, stating that new technologies will challenge existing laws and pose a real risk to global markets. He emphasizes that “fraud is fraud,” regardless of the technological means employed.
Technological Challenges and the Need for Regulation
The rapid advancement of AI technology has outpaced the development of effective regulatory frameworks to mitigate its potential misuse. Trump called AI a problem that needs to be worked on “right now.” The complexity of distinguishing between authentic and AI-generated content poses a significant challenge, and the implications for personal and national security cannot be understated.
Last month, OpenAI released a statement documenting how it plans to help fight misinformation using ChatGPT, heading into the 2024 election season. The focus is on elevating accurate voting information, enforcing measured policies, and improving transparency. While such initiatives are steps in the right direction, the urgency of addressing the broader challenges posed by AI remains.
Trump’s Urgent Call to Action
Trump emphasized the need for immediate action regarding AI and deepfakes, stressing the urgency of the situation. He highlighted the profound impact on personal security, stating, “What you say at an interview with you almost doesn’t matter anymore. They can change things around, and nobody can tell the difference; even experts can’t tell the difference. This is a tremendous problem in terms of security.”
Furthermore, he suggested that AI could be exploited to deceive people with fake wars and false statements, underscoring the potential dangers if left unchecked. The fear of AI being used as a tool for spreading misinformation and manipulating public opinion during crucial events like elections raises questions about the need for immediate action.
Trump’s Personal Encounter with AI
During the interview, Trump disclosed a recent incident where AI manipulated a video to make it appear as if he endorsed a product he never supported. This serves as a vivid example of the technology’s capability to distort reality. As the 2024 presidential election looms, Trump’s concerns about the impact of AI on personal and global security raise crucial questions about the need for regulatory measures and ethical guidelines.
As Trump aptly puts it, “Something has to be done about this, and it has to be done fast. And nobody really knows what to do.”
The U.S. Sun has contacted Trump’s representatives to ask about his strategy for AI if he gets re-elected in 2024. It’s clear we must tackle these issues worldwide, and working together is key—governments, tech firms, and regulators alike need to steer through the fast-charging AI tech landscape. In recent weeks, a snapshot of Trump exiting his New York flat to be at E. Jean Carroll’s repeat libel case spread online.
Noticed in the photo were some red streaks on his right hand and fingers. Following a press conference on January 31, Fox News journalist Mark Meredith asked the former President if his hands were okay and if Trump had seen the photos. Trump appeared confused and held up his hands for the reporters to see. “Nothing. Maybe it was AI,” he said with a laugh.