Microsoft boss reveals his biggest AI fear in stark warning over dangerous tech

MICROSOFT’S president has revealed his biggest artificial intelligence concern and it’s quite creepy.

Brad Smith gave a speech in Washington on May 25 which discussed how AI could be regulated.

Microsoft President Brad Smith gave a speech about AI regulation and his concerns in Washington this week


Microsoft President Brad Smith gave a speech about AI regulation and his concerns in Washington this weekCredit: Reuters

Smith’s biggest concern is deep fakes made by AI that end up spreading misinformation.

He said: “We’re going have to address the issues around deep fakes.

“We’re going to have to address in particular what we worry about most foreign cyber influence operations, the kinds of activities that are already taking place by the Russian government, the Chinese, the Iranians.”

And, added: “We need to take steps to protect against the alteration of legitimate content with an intent to deceive or defraud people through the use of AI.”

Deepfake videos are made using a blend of artificial intelligence and computer imagery to create a manipulated version of a real person.

The technology can create convincing but fictional photos or videos from scratch.

Voice clones are usually dubbed into the video to make it more authentic too.

The term deepfake comes from the underlying artificial intelligence technology called “deep learning”.

Deepfakes can be used to trick people into believing false information has come from a legitimate source and is a big security concern.

According to Reuters, Smith has called for the licensing of critical AI forms that regard security and cybersecurity.

He said we would need new controls to “ensure that these models are not stolen or not used in ways that would violate the country’s export control requirements.”

Smith’s speech was part of an ongoing discussion happening between lawmakers and AI experts in Washington DC.

Last week, ChatGPT CEO Sam Altman was on a panel discussing how to regulate AI and revealed his own worst fears.

“My worst fears are we, the technology, cause significant harm to the world,” Altman added.

“I think if this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong.”

He admitted that AI spearing misinformation, especially during election periods, is one of his greatest concerns.

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The CEO said he’d actually prefer it if people used ChatGPT less right now due to there being too much demand.

He has also been grilled on how ChatGPT will compensate and protect artists that AI takes inspiration from.

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