Microsoft President Brad Smith stated on Thursday that his main fear of artificial intelligence is deep fakes, which appear genuine but include fraudulent material.
Smith called for steps to ensure that people know when a photo or video is real and when it is generated by AI, potentially for nefarious purposes, in a speech in Washington aimed at addressing the issue of how best to regulate AI, which went from wonky to widespread with the arrival of OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
“We’re going have to address the issues around deep fakes. We’re going to have to address in particular what we worry about most foreign cyber influence operations, the kinds of activities that are already taking place by the Russian government, the Chinese, the Iranians,” he said.
“We need to take steps to protect against the alteration of legitimate content with an intent to deceive or defraud people through the use of AI.” he added.
Smith also argued in the speech and in a blog post published on Thursday that people must be held accountable for any problems caused by AI, and he urged lawmakers to ensure that AI is used to control the electric grid, water supply, and other critical infrastructure is restrained so that humans retain control.