Why hasn't Trump or Biden talked about AI?

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The first presidential debate of 2024 took place Thursday night between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump and was, as fellow Slate writer Jill Filipovich put it, “the most painful two hours of television in living memory.”

If you missed it, good for you. if you what Check it out, you'd be forgiven for not remembering the themes that were originally there. Discussed ran vaguely about. Between Biden's painful and “horribly confused” performance and Trump's barrage of lies and lies, the debate covered topics such as abortion, the economy, climate change, foreign policy in Ukraine and Israel, election integrity, immigration, and more. A wide range of , veterans, race, crime, health care, and even which of the two candidates has the better golf game.

A major problem, however, was that the debate failed to ignite—despite the fact that it is one of the most (if not gave The most) consequential development since the last election cycle: artificial intelligence.

Since the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT in the fall of 2022, generative AI has completely sucked the oxygen out of the room when it comes to business and technology. Industries have recovered. US policymakers are scrambling to figure out how to control the emerging technology. Workers are more fearful than ever that they could eventually be replaced by bots. This makes it all the more remarkable that during the US presidential debate, neither candidate nor the moderators chose to bring up arguably the most important topic of our time.

And by God? Relief.

Thursday night's debacle proved that both candidates can barely wrap their minds around what they're literally saying at the moment, let alone the complex and impactful technologies like AI that enable the economy and labor today. Giving a new shape. Trump spent much of the night as he usually does at these debates: driving the audience through so many head-spinning lies that it becomes nearly impossible to track and fact-check. Meanwhile, Biden has given unlimited ammunition to his critics who have long questioned his sanity and age, wandering and losing track so often that even his most ardent supporters are conceding. Yes, in fact, he did a really, really crappy job. Discussion

If AI what Come what may, in the next debate (if it happens at all, that is), we will no doubt have heard a litany of lies ranging from the misleading to the outright. You don't need to look any further than what candidates have already said about the topic.

In classic Trumpian fashion, the former president has shown that he has… shall we say, Contradictory AI ideas and experiences, at best. Trump called AI “probably the most dangerous thing out there” in an interview with Fox Business in February.

“It's very dangerous,” he added. “One day you won't have money in your account. That can be a very dangerous thing. And the other thing that I think is the most dangerous thing of all, because there's no real solution. AI, like That's what they call it. It's terrible.”

However, this “danger” did not stop him from using AI to his advantage. In an interview with influencer, WWE wrestler, and Japanese-forest hiker Logan Paul, Trump claimed he used a chatbot to write a speech, “so beautifully written,” that he later gave It impressed him so much that he even said that “an industry, I think, will disappear these brilliant orators.”

While he later expressed his concern about deepfakes in interviews, he is benefiting from them – albeit indirectly. Dozens of AI deepfakes showing the former president with black supporters made the rounds earlier this year, though they were not directly linked to his campaign. His former campaign manager Brad Parscale is also helping arm the Republican National Committee and Trump's latest campaign with an arsenal of generative AI tools.

Meanwhile, Biden issued an executive order late last year to introduce safeguards for AI, an order that seeks to strike a balance between policy to help ensure privacy and national security while promoting innovation. It also encourages While much of the directive has yet to be implemented, and it's fairly vague on deliverables, most tech ethicists and AI experts agree that it's a “good idea” when it comes to regulating emerging technologies. “Beginning”. However, this is as much for the president as it is for AI.

Overall, the fact that it didn't come up on Thursday reflects a perennial problem when it comes to emerging technologies and government, namely that policymakers always Move at a glacial pace when it comes to reacting to issues and problems they create. We've seen this time and time again with social media, climate change, and even now primitive technology like television and radio. The rest of us fall victim to it – especially when the fallout from these issues plays out in our daily lives.

It's probably for the best that AI didn't come up during Thursday night's debate — but it should have. And for that there should have been at least one candidate on stage who could talk to the American people about our most productive and potentially destructive technologies. Time

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