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Rep. Cammack Concerned About AI’s Impact on 2024 Elections: ‘Critical Issue’

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House Speaker Mike Johnson and Democratic House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries announced the creation of a bipartisan artificial intelligence task force in February.

Task force members, including Republican Rep. Kat Cammack of Florida, have already had a few organizational meetings and met with AI leaders to discuss, among other things, the November election.

“This is a critical issue that will really impact every aspect of our lives, from here into the future,” Cammack told Fox News Digital.

“I find [members are] To the extent that we recognize both the challenges and opportunities that AI brings, we are pretty much in agreement. … The people on the task force have a very pragmatic, forward-looking and optimistic view of AI. But we are not blind to the fact that there are challenges.”

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Cammack said one of the task force’s immediate concerns is the impact AI will have on the 2024 election.

AI image tools generate election disinformation 41% of the time and AI tools generate images that promote election disinformation 59% of the time, according to a recent report by the Center to Combat Digital Hate.

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Cammack says the task force is “looking [to identify] Some of the challenges people face with AI-generated content Disclaimer [about] What this will mean in terms of deepfakes, how do we authenticate and watermark AI-generated content, images, videos, etc.”

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The Center for Countering Digital Hate report found examples of image disinformation, such as a photo of President Biden lying sick in a hospital bed and a photo of former President Trump sitting in a prison cell.

Tech giant Meta requires paying users to disclose when potentially misleading, AI-generated or altered content is shown in ads about political, electoral or social issues.

“They’re going to have all these discussions about it [how content] should be watermarked. …We have already seen where AI can remove a watermark on an AI-generated product. “It’s just a Band-Aid,” Cammack said. “We need to find the root solution and put a protocol in place that prevents mass confusion.”

Cammack says she and her team are working on a framework that would enable a blockchain authentication model to exist.

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“I see blockchain as a future mechanism for authenticating material, and that will be very important for candidates and legislators in such a fast-paced environment. If you have your photos, your videos and all your content authenticated with a very secure technology like blockchain, that will be very, very important,” she said.

The Florida Republican said the task force should be wary of over-regulation of artificial intelligence and said its focus will be on protecting market access for some of the smaller players and ensuring there is no bias.

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“The worst thing a government can do is stifle innovation through over-regulation. I’m hoping to really address some of the challenges of the language model up front to make sure we eliminate bias. “We don’t inherently push for answers that fit a political agenda,” she said.

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