INDIA: Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of our lives in recent years. From Siri to Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and social media algorithms, AI predicts our behaviour and preferences, influences our decisions, and even controls what we see and hear.
But many people don’t realize that AI is also being used to monitor and track us, creating a surveillance state that could have disastrous consequences for our freedom and democracy.
Impact of AI on privacy and democracy
As the world becomes more connected, we generate unprecedented amounts of data daily. Governments, corporations, and intelligence agencies are using this data to monitor our every move, track our online activity, and predict our future behaviour. With AI, this surveillance has become more sophisticated and intrusive.
Governments around the world are using AI to monitor their citizens. In China, for example, the government has developed a Social Credit System that uses artificial intelligence to monitor citizens’ behaviour and give them a “score” based on their social, political, and economic activities. Those with high scores are rewarded with perks like better jobs and travel privileges, while those with low scores are punished with restrictions on their freedom and opportunities.
In the United States, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been using artificial intelligence to monitor and collect data on citizens’ phone calls, emails, and other online activities since 9/11. The NSA’s PRISM program, revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, allows the agency to collect data from major tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.
Tech companies like Facebook and Google also use artificial intelligence to collect user data. They use this data to create personalized ads, recommend content, and influence our political views. But many people need to realize that governments and intelligence agencies also use this data to track individuals and monitor their activities.
The consequences of this surveillance are dire. It undermines our privacy, erodes our civil liberties, and threatens our democracy. When governments and corporations have access to so much personal information, they have the power to control our lives and manipulate us in ways that we may not even be aware of.
But it’s not just the government and tech companies using AI to monitor and control us. Criminals and terrorist organizations also use it to evade detection and carry out attacks. For example, AI-powered deep fakes can be used to manipulate videos and images to create false information that can be used to spread propaganda or influence public opinion.
The rise of artificial intelligence has created a new era of surveillance that threatens our freedom and democracy. As we continue to generate more data, we must protect our privacy and ensure that AI is being used for good, not to control and manipulate us. It’s time for a serious debate about the ethics of AI and its impact on our society before it’s too late.