WEF: Top Global Risks: Weather and Misinformation

According to a World Economic Forum report, the biggest threats to global security in the next two years will be misinformation and disinformation. On Wednesday, the group published its most recent Global Risks Report. According to the paper, artificial intelligence (AI) poses a direct risk to global economic stability and has the potential to spread inaccurate or misleading information. According to a World Economic Forum (WEF) assessment, false information poses a threat to democracy and polarizes social groups. The research is based on a poll that was completed by about 1,500 lawmakers, business executives, and specialists. It is being made available prior to the annual WEF gathering in the Swiss resort town of Davos.

The authors fear that the rapid advancement of AI technology, such as ChatGPT, may make it possible for individuals without specialized knowledge to manipulate groups. AI will be covered at the Davos meeting the following week. Attendees are anticipated to include executives from tech companies such as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and industry specialists like Yann LeCun, chief AI scientist at Meta. According to the analysis, artificial intelligence (AI)-generated misinformation and disinformation are becoming a threat right before billions of people across numerous nations cast ballots this year and next year. The US, UK, Indonesia, India, Mexico, and Pakistan are some of these nations.

Carolina Klint is a risk specialist at Marsh, where she co-wrote the report alongside Zurich Insurance Group and Marsh McLennan, the parent firm. According to her, deepfakes and significant group influence can be produced using AI, “which really drives misinformation.” Videos containing realistic-looking but fabricated images of people saying and doing things that never happened are known as deepfakes. As people find it more difficult to discern what is true, “societies could become even more polarized,” she said. False information may also be used to raise concerns about the fairness of government election processes. According to Klint, this “means that societal polarization would also increase and democratic processes could be undermined.”

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