Why has US outlawed AI-powered robocalls?

The decision was announced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and aims to protect citizens from fraudsters who exploit this technology to impersonate trusted individuals, spread misinformation, and extort money.

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The United States took a stand against the rising tide of deepfake scams by banning the use of AI-generated voices in robocalls nationwide. The decision was announced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and aims to protect citizens from fraudsters who exploit this technology to impersonate trusted individuals, spread misinformation, and extort money.

"Bad actors are leveraging deepfake technology to create synthetic voices that sound eerily real," stated the FCC, highlighting the growing sophistication of these scams. "These AI-generated voices are used in robocalls to target vulnerable individuals, impersonate celebrities, and even manipulate voters."

Fake robocall of President Biden

The disturbing recent incident of a fake robocall imitating President Biden to discourage voter turnout in New Hampshire's primary election serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers posed by this technology in the hands of malicious actors. Recognizing this growing threat, the FCC has implemented decisive measures:

  • Financial Deterrence: Companies caught using AI-generated voices in their calls will face substantial fines, creating a strong financial disincentive for exploiting this technology for fraudulent purposes.
  • Accountability for Service Providers: Service providers who carry calls violating the new regulations risk facing restrictions, putting pressure on them to implement stricter filtering measures and deterring them from knowingly facilitating these scams.

This decisive action not only protects individuals from being targeted by sophisticated scams but also sets a precedent for responsible AI development and utilization. While complete eradication of such scams may require ongoing vigilance and adaptation, the FCC's clear stance sends a powerful message to fraudsters that the use of AI will not be tolerated.