Governments are talking about identifying AI generated results as protective measure against misuse, and that’s right. But 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀, as humans?
Globally, as human civilization, we struggle to identify the most basic entities in our world. People and Businesses.
The US doesn’t have a person 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 register. Therefore address verification happens there, and across many other countries, by mailing in some random “utility bill” assuming that someone who pays for electricity in a place, also lives there.
The 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 register is different in every country, in every state. And if you want to have a bit more reliable print out from it it costs you dozens of $ for a report that looks like in the 80ies. Not machine-readable anywhere. Humans are required to read and approve that. Cross-country business verification is a mess.
Tax IDs, even in a “harmonized” Europe can only be validated automatically for their ID, but not against a specific unique Company entity. It works via Address matching. It’s likely and possible that wrong VAT IDs are used with similar, but wrong, company addresses. Of course humans are here to help and fix all that months or years down the line in a tax audit.
Legally required acceptance of 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲, as required by EIDAS law since the 90ies in EU is accepted or rejected on a case by case basis, even from financial organizations like PayPal. Compared to the US that’s still OK, where still in 2023 no common legally binding electronic signature exists and people keep 𝗱𝗼𝗰𝘂-𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 “𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲” 𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗗𝗙𝘀.
Adding to that, roughly 50% of the US Citizens 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁. So no address verification system, and not even an internationally “compatible” ID verification system that could be used.
Personal data shall be protected, yet a consistent and correct identification of the person to protect is unsolved in many relevant parts of the world.
Yes, it’s desirable to know if somebody used a spell-checker or a ChatGPT to write a piece of text, for some.
But is this the real problem?
Of course a perfect deep-fake of myself signing up for random bank accounts across the world must be avoided.
I personally don’t care if the content I write was written with the help of others, machine or human.
But are our current procedures to identify ourselves error-free to begin with? Have 𝘺𝘰𝘶 gone thru one of those phone-id procedures lately?
There are basic administrative flaws in the western world, still unsolved - way more fundamental than AI Content foot printing. And I don’t see many people talking about improving those basics.
Are we able to correctly and easily identify ourselves, as humans?
I think this is where it starts, and this is where the AI identification will need to tie in.