How AI Is Making Politics Easier, Cheaper, More Dangerous

July 13, 2023

For instance, upstart campaigns with little cash could use the technology to inexpensively produce campaign materials with fewer staff. Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign posted an online ad featuring AI-generated images of then-President Donald Trump hugging and kissing Anthony Fauci. DeSantis’ campaign didn’t initially identify them as fake.In Germany, a far-right party recently distributed AI-generated images of angry immigrants without telling viewers that they weren’t actual photographs. Lawmakers have been unable to agree on whether — or how — to regulate online speech.Last month, the Federal Election Commission deadlocked 3-3 on a request to develop rules for AI-generated political ads. Frank Luntz, a veteran Republican strategist, said he fears that AI technology will foment voter confusion in the 2024 U.S. presidential contest.“In politics, the truth is already in short supply,” he said.