Guess what! An amazingly lifelike simulacrum of Donald Trump’s mind has been released to the public! You may think that actually happened decades ago, when Atari debuted Pong—but no. That was just the beta version. Artificial intelligence-generated copies of all the leading presidential candidates are now available for the first time to a public that somehow hasn’t heard enough preprogrammed gibberish from Vivek Ramaswamy yet. And maybe the chat version of Mike Pence will be able to pass the Turing test—because we know the real Mike couldn’t possibly do it.
In other words, we’re entering a brave new world in which AI may not steal your job, but it could very well rob you of your sanity.
Of course, AI has already dipped its toe into the shallow end of the political pool. For instance, a super PAC supporting Miami mayor and GOP presidential candidate Francis Suarez launched an AI chatbot to bolster his campaign in July before Suarez dropped out of the race at the end of August. And you can watch dadaistic, herky-jerky versions of Trump and President Joe Biden debating 24/7 on Twitch.tv. But the Chat2024 project is taking AI politics to a new level.
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