Last week, Republican Senator Pete Ricketts of Nebraska stated in front of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using cutting-edge AI to produce “deep fakes” with the goal of unsettling the United States.
Images and videos are called “deep fakes” when they have undergone extensive digital manipulation to improve their realism and trick the viewer.
Ricketts stated in an interview, “the threat of spreading false information and using information as a weapon against the United States and our allies in order to divide us and our citizens is growing.”This is more accurate than ever now that cellphones are so widely available. Both people and politicians may easily access this information thanks to its widespread availability on social media and other channels. However, it is not unusual for our opponents to convey false information.
Ricketts claims that the Soviet Union spent massive amounts of money on propaganda throughout the Cold War. The United States and its allies were targeted because of this plot.
He said, “And I think that in 1980, for example, a conservative estimate was that the Soviet Union spent $3 billion on disinformation campaigns as part of their overall strategy,” noting that the Soviet Union spent 10 times as much on disinformation campaigns as the United States did at the time.
In addition, Ricketts talked about AI and declared China a “global leader in artificial intelligence.”
“They’ve been working on something they call ‘deep fake’ technology for a long time, and it’s gotten to the point where they can use AI to change public figures,” he said. Last year, Zelensky was portrayed as announcing a proposal to show how the truth about a significant people may be changed. The software may be used to make new people or to alter the appearance of those already in existence. … With the advent of sophisticated fake video technology, it is now possible to fabricate non-existent people. They might be used to make it harder to go through competing statements and arrive at a reliable conclusion.