March 27, 2024
US Politician Deploys AI Caller for 2024 Race

US Politician Deploys AI Caller for 2024 Race

In a first for American politics, Democratic candidate Shamaine Daniels is shaking up the 2024 campaign trail by employing an artificial intelligence (AI) volunteer, “Ashley,” to make phone calls to voters.

Developed by Civox, Ashley utilizes generative AI technology, similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, to hold “infinite” real-time, customized conversations with voters without relying on pre-recorded messages. Already, Ashley has reached thousands of voters in Pennsylvania, demonstrating the potential of AI in political outreach.

“This is coming for the 2024 election and it’s coming in a very big way,” declared Ilya Mouzykantskii, CEO of Civox, predicting a rapid upscaling of AI callers with Civox aiming for tens of thousands of daily calls by year’s end.

While Ashley identifies herself as an AI, legal requirements for such disclosure are currently absent in the United States. Additionally, Civox remains tight-lipped about the specific AI models powering Ashley, revealing only that they use over 20 different sources, both open-source and proprietary, trained on publicly available data.

The news comes amidst a growing debate surrounding AI use in the upcoming elections. Concerns range from deepfakes to the potential for misinformation, prompting initiatives like Google’s mandatory AI disclosure in political ads and Meta’s ban on generative AI for political ad creation.

Research further amplifies concerns. A Microsoft Threat Analysis Center study highlights the potential of AI to manipulate voter sentiment on social media, while another European study found Microsoft’s Bing AI chatbot (now Copilot) providing incorrect election information in 30% of cases.

With Daniels’ pioneering move, AI’s role in future elections seems inevitable. However, questions remain about transparency, accuracy, and potential negative impacts. As the 2024 campaign season approaches, navigating the ethical and regulatory implications of AI in politics will be a crucial challenge for candidates, developers, and voters alike.


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