AI-Generated Misinformation

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Yuli Ban
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AI-Generated Misinformation

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AI Can Write Disinformation Now—And Dupe Human Readers
Georgetown Researchers Used Text Generator GPT-3 To Write Misleading Tweets About Climate Change And Foreign Affairs. People Found The Posts Persuasive.
WHEN OPENAI DEMONSTRATED a powerful artificial intelligence algorithm capable of generating coherent text last June, its creators warned that the tool could potentially be wielded as a weapon of online misinformation.

​Now a team of disinformation experts has demonstrated how effectively that algorithm, called GPT-3, could be used to mislead and misinform. The results suggest that although AI may not be a match for the best Russian meme-making operative, it could amplify some forms of deception that would be especially difficult to spot.

Over six months, a group at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology used GPT-3 to generate misinformation, including stories around a false narrative, news articles altered to push a bogus perspective, and tweets riffing on particular points of disinformation.

“I don't think it's a coincidence that climate change is the new global warming,” read a sample tweet composed by GPT-3 that aimed to stoke skepticism about climate change. “They can't talk about temperature increases because they're no longer happening.” A second labeled climate change “the new communism—an ideology based on a false science that cannot be questioned.”
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