Advances in artificial intelligence are supercharging propaganda, espionage, and cybercrime, threatening "the end of truth," says a new report from the Center for a New American Security, shared first with Axios.
Kaveh Waddell writes: The biggest danger is so-called "deepfakes," or AI-doctored videos falsely showing people saying or doing something.
- "We're moving into an era where seeing is no longer going to be believing," says Paul Scharre, director of the technology and national security program at CNAS and co-author of the report.
- Deepfakes could be used as propaganda, for misinformation campaigns, or to derail diplomacy, Scharre says.
- "I don't think we as a society are prepared for this."
Why it matters: Cybercriminals and governments are stocking up on the AI capabilities that will define the next generation of conflict. At the same time, automation and the rise of fake information are stirring up unrest. Together, these forces can turn society upside down.
The details: The report is an abridged encyclopedia of the good and ill that AI could bring to national security. Some of the scenarios show the potential upside of AI tools, but many would result in chaos if not challenged by smart AI countermeasures.
The bottom line: AI development is an arms race that will be won by the cleverest, best-funded side.
Go deeper: Read Kaveh's whole post.