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How AI could take over elections – and undermine democracy

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By Archon Fung and Lawrence Lessig
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The AI-elected president could… use the mantle of election to pursue Republican or Democratic party policies. But because the party ideas may have had little to do with why people voted the way that they did… the president’s actions would not necessarily reflect the will of the voters. 

In case the authors hadn’t noticed, this has already been the case for decades. Candidates campaign on different policies, but once elected always act in alignment with their corporate donor base.

there is no reason to automatically extend the First Amendment’s protection to the product of these machines

And gere we go! The only thing learned from the Hamilton 68 fiasco, in which hundreds of innocent Americans were falsely identified as Russian bots, is that smears and censorship work! Hello Hamilton 2.0. Anyone who posts opinions or information that run counter to the interests of the military industrial complex will be labeled an AI bot by some nominally independent third-party 3-letter-agency cutout, and have their comments shadow banned or removed from social media.

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And gere we go! The only thing learned from the Hamilton 68 fiasco, in which hundreds of innocent Americans were falsely identified as Russian bots, is that smears and censorship work! Hello Hamilton 2.0. Anyone who posts opinions or information that run counter to the interests of the military industrial complex will be labeled an AI bot by some nominally independent third-party 3-letter-agency cutout, and have their comments shadow banned or removed from social media.

I am not worried about these "Americans" by any stretch of the imagination.

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I don't think targeted ads are anything new. Are people truely persuaded by random notification or messages? Even if it's perfectly tailored for them, it would be just reconfirmation of what they already believed.

AI's new influence would be in targeted / skewed responses to voters if you can manage to have them interact with it. AI could probably be trained so they could argue in a way that supports candidates rather than being objective. But it's not particularly easy to get the voter to interact with your specifically trained ai so probably not that big of an issue.

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ushosh123Today  07:03 am JST

I don't think targeted ads are anything new. Are people truely persuaded by random notification or messages? Even if it's perfectly tailored for them, it would be just reconfirmation of what they already believed.

During the pandemic the US saw a plague of vaccine disinformation being reposted from one knuckle dragger to the next. There are plenty of sites that look like "news" and are suitable for being passed like this. I have friends that fell into this trap and are incapable of finding reputable sources to get themselves out.

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