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AI could bring worrying plausibility to the outrageous and false

Experts are warning that because AI generates information based on trawling the already notoriously unreliable internet.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to be much more than the caricature humanoid robot bringing you your morning coffee in your austere penthouse high above the city’s autonomous cars and helicopters.

AI has already progressed from science fiction to the unseen force behind many of today’s mundane transactions – and it’s set to change our lives in myriad ways.

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In the era of ChatGPT, AI is generating more decisions for businesses and governments in sectors from health care to banking and even the legal sector.

But experts are warning that because AI generates information based on trawling the already notoriously unreliable internet (when it comes to facts, that is), there is a danger of the technology “automating discrimination”.

Legal and free speech advocate point out that the inherent possibility of a “feedback loop” within AI will see it perpetuating existing biases.

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An example cited is that of Google’s Gemini image generator, which came up with images of German soldiers from World War II that absurdly included a black man and Asian woman.

Given that we are living in a world of unprecedented disbelief and conspiracy (spread thanks to the vector of the Net), AI could bring worrying plausibility to the outrageous and false.

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