In light of the ongoing public discussion about the veracity of the viral audio tape purportedly showing a conversation between Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Gregory Obi and renowned Pentecostal Preacher Bishop David Oyedepo, Femi Adeagbo, a renowned information and communication technology (ICT) expert, has spoken out to explain why Nigerians should be cautious of the use of artificial intelligence in the country’s social media space and public life in general.
In a recent interview with Charles Aniagolu on ARISE TV’s “Prime Time” programme, Adeagbo argued that while using artificial intelligence has many benefits for the creation of content, what was seen in the allegedly “leaked” telephone conversation between Oyedepo and Obi is an illustration of how dangerous the technology can be if not used for the benefit of all people…… Continue Reading
“This (Artificial Intelligence) technology has been around for a couple of years now, and you can even have ‘deep-fakes’ beyond speech,” he said. (human look-alikes). I could make a film of you doing something that isn’t you. The issue I have with technology is that it may no longer be possible to tell what is real and what is not. I believe we need a very strong plan for regulating AI because it has enormous benefits.
When you consider it in the context of social media, for example, there are numerous benefits in terms of collaboration and conversation. But I believe we can all agree that it has very dark and disturbing aspects, particularly in light of what we just saw with the so-called “audio conversation” of a certain presidential candidate. To be honest, this technology has influenced an entire age. As a result, we must have very vigorous discussions about AI technology.”