Steve Wozniak warns AI will make scams even more convincing (Image credit- Digital Trends)
Regarding the new generation of AI-powered gadgets that have attracted so much attention lately, Steve Wozniak has been expressing his opinions.
The co-founder of Apple expressed his concern that the technology will be used more frequently by hackers to make internet scams more convincing and hence more difficult to detect in an interview with the BBC this week.
One example of the expanding number of generative AI tools that can converse in textual form in a natural, human-like manner is Google’s Bard counterpart and OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot.
They are so potent that a recent Goldman Sachs analysis estimated that 300 million jobs in the workplace will be impacted by technology in the upcoming years, though it also noted that many of these positions will likely be aided by technology rather than replaced.
According to Wozniak, who was speaking about a much more negative aspect of the technology, “AI is so intelligent it’s open to the bad players, the ones that want to trick you about who they are.”
Wozniak expressed similar opinions in a recent interview with CNN but added that he hoped AI would be taught to recognize frauds that use the same technology and advise the target to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.
But AI can be used to increase the effectiveness of scams other than email. According to a recent Washington Post article, thieves are already employing AI technology to copy someone else’s voice using only a small portion of their speech. Then, in a phone scam, they persuade someone into giving them money by using a phony but incredibly convincing voice.
Wozniak advocated for regulation of the new AI technology in his interview with the BBC in order to make sure that those who develop it keep within predetermined bounds.
Wozniak signed a letter in March that called for a six-month halt on the development of specific AI technologies so that a set of regulations for their secure deployment could be developed. Around 1,000 technology experts signed the letter.
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The tech engineer who collaborated with Steve Jobs to create the first Apple computer told the BBC that he supports regulations that go after large tech firms that “feel they can kind of get away with anything,” but he also expressed doubt about their effectiveness, saying, “I think the forces that drive for money usually win out, which is sort of sad.”