"You may recall that, back during the last net neutrality open comment period,
the FCC’s comment system was overrun by millions of faked comments, including
from many dead people. Not surprisingly, it was eventually determined that
legacy broadband companies funded the fake comment submissions, which they felt
they needed to do because actual activists were actually effective
the public to speak out in favor of net neutrality.
But of course, now we live in the “age of generative AI,” and it’s worth
wondering just how that’s going to impact all of this. Amusingly, there are
already academic journals suggesting that the government should sort and maybe
even respond to regulatory open comments using AI as a tool.
But what about commenters themselves using AI to generate the comments in
We just recently wrote about how the US Patent Office is seeking comments on a
dangerously problematic plan to make it much harder to kill bad patents by
reforming the IPR (inter partes review) process to allow the patent director to
just flat out reject challenges for certain classes of inventors, including
many patent trolls. In that post, we linked to an EFF page urging people to
send in their own comments against this proposal. But, really, the EFF is just
linking people directly to the page on the Federal Register where you can
comment. While they suggest some language, on the whole they expect users to
write their own comment.
It appears the patent trolls who want this change have decided to use AI."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics