"Could organizations use artificial intelligence language models such as
ChatGPT to induce voters to behave in specific ways?
Sen. Josh Hawley asked OpenAI CEO Sam Altman this question in a May 16, 2023,
U.S. Senate hearing on artificial intelligence. Altman replied that he was
indeed concerned that some people might use language models to manipulate,
persuade and engage in one-on-one interactions with voters.
Altman did not elaborate, but he might have had something like this scenario in
mind. Imagine that soon, political technologists develop a machine called
Clogger – a political campaign in a black box. Clogger relentlessly pursues
just one objective: to maximize the chances that its candidate – the campaign
that buys the services of Clogger Inc. – prevails in an election.
While platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube use forms of AI to get users
to spend more time on their sites, Clogger’s AI would have a different
objective: to change people’s voting behavior."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics