AI in politics (General)

by dan, Wednesday, December 20, 2023, 06:33 (215 days ago)

Headlines today include Pakistan’s Imran Khan delivers AI-generated speech to campaign from prison.

Islamabad, Pakistan – Jailed former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has delivered a speech using an audio clip generated through artificial intelligence (AI) to address a virtual rally – the first event of its kind in the South Asian country.

Khan delivered a four-minute address on Sunday night, using the clip, which was laid over a video containing his AI-generated image as well as photos from previous Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) rallies and earlier speeches by him.

So this isn't groundbreaking in itself. There have been tons of clips showing how AI can be used to show people doing and saying all sorts of things they didn't actually do or say.

But what's interesting is that this serious use of AI in a political campaign is being reported almost as if it's already normal. And maybe it is normal! That's just it -- I don't know how normal it already is. Is this the first time a political campaign has used an AI-generated speech? And if not, if this has been done before and we haven't heard about it, well that's something.

So the question is, at what point will such stories stop being reported? At what point will the distinction between an AI-generated speech or image and a real speech or image be discounted, ignored?

It's a slippery slope.

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