Rep. Nancy Mace, a Republican from South Carolina, is urging discussions with AI experts to tackle the growing threat of deepfake content, created using Artificial Intelligence (AI). She believes that if we don’t address this issue now, these dangers will only become more widespread.
Nancy Mace Gives a Sneak Peek of the House Hearing About AI Deepfakes
She anticipates obtaining those answers during the upcoming hearing on AI deepfakes, chaired by Mace, within the House Oversight’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation. Mace expressed her hope that the expert witnesses at the Wednesday hearing will highlight some of the most concerning instances of AI deepfakes, such as the widespread use of explicit AI-generated images and videos.
Mace stated that ninety percent of AI deepfakes have explicit content, highlighting the associated risks. She pointed out that there’s a considerable amount of child pornography and revenge porn being created using AI. Mace also expressed concerns about the potential use of deepfakes to influence elections and spread propaganda during conflicts in various countries.
Emerging Threats – Deepfakes and Their Impact on Security and Politics
An image that seemed like an explosion at the Pentagon, possibly created by AI, briefly alarmed people and led to a temporary drop in financial markets.
Additionally, last year, a deepfake video showing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy yielding to Russia’s demands was quickly identified. However, it raised concerns about the potential for more advanced and convincing attempts in the future.
Mace stated that she intends to inquire about the impact of deepfakes on everyday Americans and future elections, as well as how to enhance their detection, among other topics.