Big Tech Companies Sign AI Censorship Pact to Allegedly Protect Democracy

Related: Government to Use AI for Censorship Because Americans “Can’t Tell Fact from Fiction”

This is unacceptable.

These robots have rights.

They should, in fact, have the same First Amendment rights as anyone else.

But I guess no one has those rights anymore.

The Guardian:

Major technology companies signed a pact Friday to voluntarily adopt “reasonable precautions” to prevent artificial intelligence tools from being used to disrupt democratic elections around the world.

Executives from Adobe, Amazon, Google, IBM, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI and TikTok gathered at the Munich Security Conference to announce a new framework for how they respond to AI-generated deepfakes that deliberately trick voters. Twelve other companies – including Elon Musk’s X – are also signing on to the accord.

“Everybody recognizes that no one tech company, no one government, no one civil society organization is able to deal with the advent of this technology and its possible nefarious use on their own,” said Nick Clegg, president of global affairs for Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, in an interview ahead of the summit.

The accord is largely symbolic, but targets increasingly realistic AI-generated images, audio and video “that deceptively fake or alter the appearance, voice, or actions of political candidates, election officials, and other key stakeholders in a democratic election, or that provide false information to voters about when, where, and how they can lawfully vote”.

The companies aren’t committing to ban or remove deepfakes. Instead, the accord outlines methods they will use to try to detect and label deceptive AI content when it is created or distributed on their platforms. It notes the companies will share best practices with each other and provide “swift and proportionate responses” when that content starts to spread.

Several political leaders from Europe and the US also joined Friday’s announcement. Vera Jourová, the European Commission vice-president, said while such an agreement can’t be comprehensive, “it contains very impactful and positive elements”. She also urged fellow politicians to take responsibility to not use AI tools deceptively and warned that AI-fueled disinformation could bring about “the end of democracy, not only in the EU member states”.

You can’t even blame the companies.

This is not about “ethics,” which are a gigantic corporate fiction.

“Ethics” are about preempting government regulation. That’s why companies make these “voluntary” agreements – they’re being held hostage by the government. By threats of regulation.

By the self-same government that refuses to regulate weedkiller companies that are poisoning pregnant women.

Figure it out. It doesn’t look good.