Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and other new technologies could allow malign actors such as Russia to disrupt future presidential elections in the United States, House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a congressional hearing on Thursday
Schiff issued the warning as the Intelligence Committee heard testimony from experts on the threat posed by so-called “deep fakes,” or synthetic data generated with the use of AI.
“Advances in AI and AI have prompted the rise of cutting edge carefully doctored sorts of media, or purported ‘profound fakes’ that empower noxious on-screen characters to incite mayhem, division or emergency and they have the ability to disturb whole battles, including that for the administration,” Schiff said.
Schiff repeated his feeling that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential race, saying Moscow could utilize profound fakes to improve its intruding in future surveys.
“We are on the cusp of an innovative transformation that could empower much increasingly evil types of double dealing and disinformation by censure on-screen characters, outside or household,” Schiff said.
The hearing comes amid growing concern over deep fakes, after several AI-generated videos were circulated online.
One such altered viral video showed edited footage of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made her appear as if she were drunk and slurring her words.
Another showed Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerburg bragging about how he has stolen data from people who use the social media platform.
Schiff also claimed that Russia could take advantage of the technology to stir up racial tensions in the United States or interfere in the country’s elections, such as by creating a fake video depicting police brutality.
Russia has repeatedly said it does not interfere in the US political system and that allegations to the contrary have been made up to advance domestic political agendas as well as detract the US public from pressing societal issues.