AI Threat 2023

by Jan 19, 2023

AI Threat – 2023 Addition

This is a follow up on my AI Threat to Humanity post I did back in 2018. I thought 2023 would be a good time to review where we are at as so much increase in AI capability has taken place. This time, I asked ChatGPT to tell me what the threats would be. I asked a series of questions and compiled them here. 

Do you agree with its assessment?

Introduction

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a topic of discussion for decades, with many experts predicting that it will revolutionize the way we live and work. However, as we enter into 2023, it is becoming increasingly clear that AI also poses a significant threat to humanity. In this blog post, we will explore the ways in which AI can be used to do harm and the steps that companies, governments, and individuals can take to combat this threat.

AI’s Threat to Humanity

One of the most significant ways in which AI can be used to do harm is through the creation and distribution of deepfake information. Deepfakes are highly realistic digital manipulations of images and videos that can be used to spread false information and propaganda. For example, in 2020, a deepfake video of Mark Zuckerberg was created and shared on social media platforms, in which he appears to be admitting to using Facebook’s data for nefarious purposes. The video was quickly debunked, but it highlights the potential for deepfakes to be used to spread misinformation and sow discord in society.

Another way in which AI can be used to do harm is through the use of bots on social media platforms. Bots can be used to flood the internet with false information, create fake accounts, and manipulate public opinion. For example, in 2016, it was revealed that the Russian government had used bots to spread false information about the US presidential election on social media platforms. The bots were able to reach millions of people and influence the outcome of the election.

Detection and Prevention of AI Threats

To combat the threat of AI, it is essential that we are able to detect and prevent the spread of deepfake information and bots. There are several ways in which this can be done. First, companies and governments can invest in technology that can detect deepfakes and bots. For example, companies like Facebook and Google have developed AI-based systems that can detect deepfakes and remove them from their platforms.

Additionally, individuals can take steps to protect themselves from the spread of deepfake information and bots. One way to do this is to be skeptical of information that seems too good to be true or that is coming from an unknown source. Additionally, individuals can use browser extensions and apps that can help them detect deepfakes and bots.

Combatting the AI Threat

To combat the threat of AI, companies and governments must invest in research and development to create technologies that can detect and prevent the spread of deepfake information and bots. Additionally, companies and governments must invest in education and awareness campaigns that teach individuals how to protect themselves from the spread of deepfake information and bots.

Monetary Spending

The amount of money that companies and governments are spending on AI and bots is staggering. In 2020, it was estimated that global spending on AI would reach $190 billion, with the majority of that spending coming from the United States. Additionally, governments around the world are investing billions of dollars in AI research and development.

Companies highly vested in AI:

  • Google: Google has been a leader in AI research and development for several years. They have developed several AI-based products, including Google Assistant and Google Photos. Additionally, they have invested in several AI startups and have acquired several AI companies.
  • Facebook: Facebook has also been investing heavily in AI research and development. They have developed several AI-based products, including Facebook Portal and Facebook Messenger. Additionally, they have acquired several AI companies, including Ozlo and Bloomsbury AI.
  • Microsoft: Microsoft has also been investing heavily in AI research and development. They have developed several AI-based products, including Azure Cognitive Services and Microsoft Dynamics 365. Additionally, they have invested in several AI startups and have acquired several AI companies.

Governments are also spending billions of dollars on AI. Here are a few:

  • United States: The United States government has been investing heavily in AI research and development. The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have invested billions of dollars in AI research. Additionally, the government has established several initiatives to promote AI research and development, including the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.
  • China: The Chinese government has also been investing heavily in AI research and development. They have established several initiatives to promote AI research and development, including the “New Generation AI Development Plan.” Additionally, they have invested billions of dollars in AI research and development.
  • Canada: The Canadian government has also been investing heavily in AI research and development. They have established several initiatives to promote AI research and development, including the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy. Additionally, they have invested millions of dollars in AI research and development.
  • Russia has been investing heavily in AI research and development in recent years. The Russian government has established several initiatives to promote AI research and development, including the National Technology Initiative. Additionally, the government has invested billions of dollars in AI research and development.However, Russia has also been accused of using AI and bots to interfere in foreign elections and spread misinformation. In 2016, it was revealed that the Russian government had used bots to spread false information about the US presidential election on social media platforms. The bots were able to reach millions of people and influence the outcome of the election. This incident highlights the potential for AI and bots to be used to interfere in foreign elections and spread misinformation.Additionally, Russian media outlets have been accused of using AI-generated content to spread disinformation and propaganda. They have been found to use AI-generated videos, images, and text to create fake news stories in order to manipulate public opinion.

    It’s important to note that it’s not only Russia that’s been using AI and bots for negative reasons. Many countries and actors use these technologies for disinformation and propaganda. It’s crucial for governments and companies to be aware of these activities and take preventive measures to combat them.

Company vs Company AI Battle

There is a potential threat of corporate espionage using AI and bots. As companies invest more heavily in AI and automation technology, they may become increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks that target their AI systems and data.

For example, AI-powered bots and malware could be used to infiltrate a company’s network and steal sensitive information, such as trade secrets, patents, and other proprietary information. Additionally, AI-powered bots could be used to monitor a company’s network, collecting information on its products, services, and strategies. This information could then be used by competitors to gain an unfair advantage in the marketplace.

Furthermore, AI-powered bots and malware could also be used to disrupt a company’s operations, causing costly downtime and lost productivity. This can cause significant financial losses and damage to the company’s reputation.

To combat this threat, companies must invest in cybersecurity measures to protect their AI systems and data. This includes implementing firewalls, encryption, and intrusion detection systems, as well as regularly updating their software and conducting penetration testing. Additionally, companies should be aware of their vulnerabilities and be prepared to respond to cyber attacks quickly and effectively.

Companies should also be aware of the laws and regulations regarding cyber espionage and make sure they are in compliance with them. Additionally, it’s important for companies to report any suspicious activity to the relevant authorities to help them track and prevent malicious actors from carrying out cyber espionage.

While there have not been any reported incidents of companies using AI and bots to engage in direct warfare with each other, there have been reports of companies using these technologies to gain an unfair advantage in the marketplace.

For example, in 2020, it was reported that a Chinese company had used AI-powered bots to scrape data from a US company’s website. The bots were able to collect data on the company’s products and prices, which the Chinese company then used to underprice the US company in the marketplace.

Additionally, there have been reports of companies using AI and bots to engage in price manipulation on e-commerce platforms. For example, in 2018, it was reported that a company had used bots to purchase large quantities of products from an e-commerce platform, driving up the prices for other buyers.

It’s important to note that these practices are illegal and unethical and can cause harm to other companies and consumers, leading to a negative impact on the economy and society. Companies should be aware of the potential for these practices and take steps to prevent them. Governments and other regulatory bodies should also take steps to prevent these practices by creating laws and regulations to protect consumers and businesses from unfair competition and market manipulation.

Conclusion

As we enter into 2023, it is clear that AI poses a significant threat to humanity. The ability to create and distribute deepfake information and the use of bots on social media platforms can have a significant impact on society. To combat this threat, companies, governments, and individuals must invest in technology and education to detect and prevent the spread of deepfake information and bots. Additionally, monetary spending on AI and bots must be closely monitored to ensure that it is used for the betterment of humanity, not its destruction. As a security expert, it is important that we remain vigilant and proactive in addressing the potential dangers of AI.

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