"Fake Robocall Impersonates Joe Biden To Urge Dems Not To Vote In New Hampshire Primary"
How can AI impersonate other people's voices? How can AI be misused for voter suppression? How can you be on guard against being duped?
This blog provides an overview - but does NOT intentionally include specific details. It explains what the dark side (like Darth Vader) might do with the technology. I used a free AI app to create message "Don't fall for sneaky voter suppression tricks. Go vote!" in the voices of Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B. and Darth Vader. It only took a few minutes to create these recordings with the AI app that seems to have licensed the voices of different celebrities. This blog was inspired by Joyce Vance's post in Civil Discourse.
Listen to the same message in their AI generated impersonation of their voices:
How does AI impersonate other people's voices?
Every person has their own unique voice print. Think of it as a fingerprint, but based on our individual voices. AI programs analyze what an individuals 'voice print' is and then use that pattern to say whatever words you provide in that person's voice. As AI gets more sophisticated, it gets harder to distinguish between a real message and an AI generated impersonation.
The threat of voice impersonation for voter suppression
"The New Hampshire attorney general's office said it was investigating reports of an apparent robocall that used artificial intelligence to mimic President Joe Biden's voice and discourage voters in the state from coming to the polls during Tuesday's primary election... The apparent attempt at voter suppression using rapidly advancing generative AI technology is one example of what experts warn will make 2024 a year of unprecedented election disinformation around the world." - ABC News
Punish the guilty
"Federal prosecutors could look at charges, including harassing telephone calls under 47 U.S.C. §223, conspiracy to deny voting rights under 18 U.S.C. §241, and/or conspiracy under 18 U.S.C. §371, depending on the facts they learn and whether they are able to identify those responsible.
Over the years, there have been numerous complaints about mailers to Black communities in North Birmingham telling voters that “their day” to vote was the Thursday following the election or the following Tuesday. While most voters were too smart to fall for these ruses, the effort to deprive people of their right to vote is despicable..." - Joyce Vance in Civil Discourse
"So the next time someone wants to tell you how horrible voter fraud is, ask them to look at the facts and be concerned about the real problem, voter suppression, which surfaced in an ugly way in New Hampshire on Monday. The insertion of an AI fake in an effort to persuade voters to stay home is a new and pernicious development that will require people to increasingly be on guard and vet sources of information about elections carefully. Rely on your area's local voting registrar or the bipartisan League of Women Voters. Go to your secretary of state’s website for accurate information. In an era of disinformation, smart voters will have to be increasingly vigilant." - Joyce Vance in Civil Discourse
TakeAway: Be on guard against AI generated voter suppression dirty tricks. Check the official election information websites.
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