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Artificial Intelligence has now reached a point of development that can exploit it maliciously and to the benefit of authoritarian states, terrorists and hackers, warn in a new risk-bell report 26 experts in the safety of new technologies.
The report predicts, in the next five to ten years, the rapid increase of cybercrime with the help of artificial intelligence, the manipulation of autonomous drones and autonomous vehicles (which can be converted into missiles and deadly weapons against innocent ), the penetration and damage to vital infrastructure networks, as well as the widespread proliferation of targeted propaganda with a variety of objectives (from electoral upheaval to news misinformation) through e.g. the use of standalone bots on the internet and the creation of fake videos.
The report speaks of “new powerful tools for manipulating public opinion on a previously unthinkable scale”, coupled with unprecedented possibilities for monitoring citizens and violating their privacy and personal data.
Experts are calling on governments and corporations around the world to realize the danger that the myriad applications of artificial intelligence now make and do something about it. They point out that artificial intelligence is another “double use” technology, both for good and for evil, since it is found in the wrong hands.
The 100-page report, presented by experts from Oxford University’s Institute for the Future of Humans, the University of Cambridge University Center for Existential Risk, the New American Security Center, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other organizations, predicts automated attacks by hackers (the “autopilot”), the use of voice synthesizing software for misleading purposes, the sending of fraudulent e-mail traps containing seemingly reliable personal information pumped from social media, etc.
Experts propose new laws, closer co-operation between politicians and technocrats, and greater civil society involvement in the issue.
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