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Dilemmas and Perspectives of AI and Social Media

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In the past, social media represented a force for good, a tool for community building where users could share pictures of their children, send birthday wishes to relatives, or reconnect with high school friends. However, over the years, the dark […]

Dilemmas and Perspectives of AI and Social Media

In the past, social media represented a force for good, a tool for community building where users could share pictures of their children, send birthday wishes to relatives, or reconnect with high school friends. However, over the years, the dark side of social media has become increasingly apparent.

Initially, it was a harm to individuals. Social media became a powerful tool for disinformation, contributing to the spread of political events that led to the Capitol riot (and whatever follows after). It has also become a highly effective means of cyberbullying and damaging the mental health of teenagers. As whistleblowers have pointed out, companies were aware of these negative consequences but either lacked the ability or had no intention to address them.

Competition protection and economic threats. With the development of artificial intelligence (AI), these concerns are only amplified. AI can empower malicious actors to create fake stories and fictional characters that deceive unaware victims through text, voice, or video. This growing problem calls for swift interventions to protect people and preserve economic stability.

Responsible development of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence has tremendous potential but must be developed in a responsible manner. Legal regulations should strike a balance between innovation and protecting individuals from abuse. Issues such as AI-generated pornography, which involves using images of people without their consent, need careful consideration and regulation. Regulatory bodies should exercise caution with tech giants leading the AI revolution, preventing monopolies and barriers to competition.

From AI risks to AI potentials. Of course, artificial intelligence also has its positive aspects. The introduction of AI technologies in the business environment has already brought savings and increased revenue. In Canada, productivity could be significantly enhanced through the use of artificial intelligence in various sectors.

Ultimately, decision-makers must act now to create the future we desire, avoiding the potential dark side of artificial intelligence. This requires responsible development and regulation, as well as maintaining healthy competition in the industry.

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