In May, the Russian media outlet, Sputnik International, posted tweets critical of the US, which received rebuttals from an AI-driven account named CounterCloud. The man behind the project, Nea Paw, a cybersecurity professional, used OpenAI’s text generation technology, like ChatGPT, to demonstrate the ease and affordability of generating AI disinformation campaigns. Concerns grow as the potential for AI to craft disinformation becomes apparent.
- CounterCloud, an AI-driven account, responded to Russian criticisms of the US, showcasing the capabilities of AI-generated content in influencing information.
- Nea Paw, who wishes to remain anonymous, used OpenAI’s text generation technology and other AI tools for this demonstration, spending around $400.
- AI has the potential to be used for sophisticated information campaigns, and this has raised alarms in the realm of cybersecurity and politics.
- Legitimate political campaigns have already started using AI to produce content, such as the Republican National Committee’s AI-generated video attacking Joe Biden.
- OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, has expressed concerns about their AI being used for large-scale, tailored disinformation. The company has since updated its policy to prohibit such uses.