Tech officers must deal with ‘20 years in jail’ for letting A.I. bots sneakily pass as human beings, states ‘Sapiens’ author

Few would argue that phony cash is a risk to the monetary system. If you cannot rely on that currency is genuine, purchasing and offering gets harder, with ramifications for the whole economy. But inadequate attention is offered to another hazard: A.I. bots on social networks pretending to be genuine individuals.

“Now it is possible, for the first time in history, to create fake people—to create billions of fake people,” Israeli historian and the author Yuval Noah Harari stated today. “Like you interact with somebody online, and you don’t know if it’s a real human being or a bot.” 

The author of Sapiens—a history of mankind that Bill Gates calls among his preferred books—made the remarks while dealing with the UN’s AI for Good top in Geneva. 

“If this is allowed to happen,” he continued, “it will do to society what fake money threatens to do to the financial system. If you can’t know who is a real human and who is a fake human, trust will collapse, and with it, at least free society. Maybe dictatorships will be able to manage somehow, but not democracies.”

‘AI bot swarms taking over’ 

Twitter owner Elon Musk is likewise knowledgeable about the bot issue. He tweeted in March that “only verified accounts will be eligible to be in For You recommendations,” calling it “the only realistic way to address advanced AI bot swarms taking over. It is otherwise a hopeless losing battle.” 

Harari required “very strict rules” versus “faking people.”

“If you fake people, or if you allow fake people on your platform without taking effective countermeasures, so maybe we don’t execute you, but you go to 20 years in jail,” he stated.

Facing such effects, tech giants would rapidly “find ways to prevent the platforms from being overflown with fake people,” he stated.

As for why such guidelines don’t exist currently, he kept in mind that previously developing phony individuals “was technically impossible.” Counterfeiting cash, by contrast, has actually long been possible, and federal governments have actually enacted “very strict rules” versus it to “protect the financial system.”

He kept in mind that he wasn’t requiring laws versus developing such bots, however rather, “you’re not allowed to pass them in public as real people.” For example providing an A.I. physician is great and “can be extremely helpful,” he stated, “provided it’s very clear that this is not a human doctor…I need to know whether it’s a real human being or an A.I.” 

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