From Democracy Digest
As revolutionary technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing stray further and further from science fiction and edge closer and closer to reality, they will increase the effectiveness, quality, and quantity of disinformation, notes analyst Eric Li. Specifically, Russia and China will be major actors in this field going into the future, he writes for the Harvard International Review:
China, as a semi-authoritarian state already using AI in oppressive manners such as through the racial profiling of Uighurs, has increased funding heavily for the AI industry and could catch up to the United States and the United Kingdom in AI innovation in as soon as five years. Similarly, with quantum computing, China has even pulled ahead relative to Western research in some areas. Russia, although having invested less in these areas, has engaged extensively in disinformation campaigns and will likely use technological innovation to improve these campaigns. The unethical use of technology by these global powers will have dire consequences; it’s already difficult to address disinformation, and emerging technologies such as AI and quantum computing will only make it harder.
There’s an insidious threat that seeks to divide the nation and undermine our faith in democracy — disinformation. Arizona State University researcher Scott Ruston offers tips on how to defend yourself (above).