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Apple Co-Founder's Chilling Prediction: AI Will Make Future Scams "Undetectable"
Steve Wozniak warns AI will power next-gen scams
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is warning that rapidly advancing artificial intelligence could empower cyber-criminals to perpetrate the next generation of sophisticated online frauds and scams.
Wozniak fears AI technology will fall into the wrong hands and be misused to create advanced deceptive tactics that are difficult for the average person to detect.
The tech pioneer is calling for tighter regulation of AI to limit its exploitation by criminals willing to impersonate others and trick victims into giving up sensitive information.
Wozniak's concerns come as AI technologies like ChatGPT and Google’s Bard grow more powerful. These generative AI systems can mimic human writing and dialogue in a natural, convincing manner.
However, Wozniak believes AI-enabled voice cloning and "deepfakes" could enable scammers to impersonate friends and relatives to steal money. He hopes AI systems themselves can be programmed to identify and thwart such attacks.
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In March, Wozniak joined nearly 1,000 tech experts requesting a temporary halt on some AI development to provide time to set safeguards before mass adoption.
He wants stricter oversight of major tech firms to ensure they "stay within certain boundaries." However, Wozniak acknowledged regulation faces challenges, noting "the forces that drive for money usually win out."
As AI technologies become more sophisticated, balancing innovation with effective and proportionate regulation will be critical to maximize AI's benefits while minimizing criminal abuse and harmful impacts on society. AI systems must be developed responsibly with safety, transparency and accountability in mind.
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