Honestly, the existing safeguards don’t really prevent much of that. Right from release I was saying “What if someone uses AI to write like a pre-teen, using that to groom kids?”. Sure, they’ve done what they can to have the AI not be capable of sexual or erotic writing, but there’s nothing to stop an awful lot of ‘DeepFake’ uses of all kinds, in all media.
It is commonly stated that social media was heavily used by certain factions to influence certain voting and even elections, and that was back when they needed to write everything by hand and translate it. What happens when certain states have state-sponsored propaganda engines, powered by AI, able to produce 100 times as much propaganda, and more effectively?
There are so many dark uses that AI could be turned to, and the reality of the broad spectrum of human nature says if a thing can be abused, then some will definitely abuse it. We’ll all need to adapt to a reality where every image or video could be faked, where fake news and propaganda could be produced at such a pace that it could dominate the truth and make it seem the minority view.
I’ve been a fan of sci-fi pretty much my entire life, and just the other day I was thinking about what a fool Asimov was. He’s the author who came up with the Laws of Robotics that are so heavily featured in ‘I Robot’. The first law being that a robot may never cause a human to die either through action or inaction. It is presented as the paramount law, that all the other laws have to give way to.
It seems like a great thought at first. But what happens when the human in question is in great pain with no chance of a recovery or meaningful life, and they simply want to turn off life support? What when the robot absolutely must, by its law, ignore a ‘do not resuscitate’ order?
Us humans tend to only see most needs after they occur at least once. Much of our planning and strategy is just like the military say it - it lasts until first contact, then pretty much everything is out of the window.
Heck, we probably need about 20 years just to sort out the new ideas and rules we need about copyright, now that an AI can learn entirely from just the works of others, but so long as it steals from all of them equally, no single breech of copyright (as the laws stand now) exist.