A study from UNESCO says that AI could help spread fake and misleading information about the Holocaust.

AI could help spread false and misleading information on Holocaust, UNESCO report warns


A report released by UNESCO on Tuesday says that AI could lead to false and misleading claims about the Holocaust going viral online. This could happen because of bugs in the programs themselves or because hate groups and Holocaust deniers will use AI programs to make content that falsely questions the killing of Jews and other companies by the Nazis.

A big worry is that AI could be used to make “deepfakes” of the Holocaust, which are realistic pictures or videos that could be used to say the Holocaust didn’t happen or was overdone. That could make racism worse and make people less aware of an important time in 20th-century history. The story said that some AI-powered programs let users connect with simulated historical people, such as Adolf Hitler and other well-known Nazis.

“If we let the horrible facts of the Holocaust be watered down, distorted, or fabricated through the careless use of AI, we risk the explosive spread of antisemitism and the gradual loss of our understanding about the causes and effects of these crimes,” Audrey Azoulay said in a statement that went with the report.

A lot of people use AI to help them with schoolwork, research, and writing. This makes it more likely that bad data and “hallucinations” in AI could lead to more people misunderstanding the Holocaust, even if they don’t mean to. When asked about the Holocaust, AI systems that get their information from a small group of sources can also give answers that aren’t full or aren’t true.

In its study, UNESCO asked tech companies to set moral standards for the creation and use of AI. This would make sure that information is more likely to be accurate and stop bad people from using their programs to promote violence and spread lies about the Holocaust.

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