Former Google CEO and chairman Eric Schmidt speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, May 2, 2023.
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Misinformation surrounding the 2024 election will run rampant as new tools make advanced artificial intelligence more accessible, former chief executive Eric Schmidt said. Google Co-founder of Schmidt Futures.
Schmidt told Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday: “The 2024 election is going to be a mess because social media can’t protect us from fake-generated artificial intelligence.” The impact of intelligence.” “They’re working on it, but they haven’t. In fact, the trust and safety community is getting smaller, not bigger.”
Despite widespread concerns about the long-term impact of AI on society, including the technology’s potential to acquire human-like capabilities, Schmidt said “the short-term danger is misinformation.”
Google recently decided to stop removing false allegations from YouTube about widespread fraud in the 2020 US election. The company said the decision was made to balance the goal of protecting the community with the goal of being a forum for public discussion.
Asked about the policy change, Schmidt said social media should allow for “free speech for humans, not computers.”
“What social media should do is flag everything, understand who the users are, and hold violators accountable,” Schmidt said. A basis that these claims are made by humans.”
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