Gemini Restricts Election AI Queries

Google are concerned their Gemini AI platform will be used to create misinformation.

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The ease with which text, image, and video content can be created by AI potentially poses a major threat to democracy. As the world gears up for major elections in the UK, US, and India this year, Google has taken measures to prevent the creation and dissemination of AI-generated misinformation.

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Google's Gemini AI is similar to OpenAI's well-known ChatGPT chatbot. Recognizing the risks of allowing anyone to generate content that could be used to mislead and influence voters, Google has instigated a new policy in India, where elections are due to be held next month. We can reasonably assume that the same policy will be rolled out to other locations if it proves effective.

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Gemini will now have restricted capabilities in handling election-related inquiries, aligning with Google's broader approach to elections announced last year. A Google spokesperson clarified that the restriction is a precautionary measure due to the number of important elections being held in 2024.

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Despite these limitations, Gemini will continues to provide detailed responses on Indian politics, while deflecting questions about other countries' elections. The company will also use AI to complement teams of local experts in providing further context to content, and fighting abuse.

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The development reflects growing concerns over misinformation stemming from generative AI, prompting governments to consider regulatory measures. In light of recent incidents, including inaccuracies in generated images depicting historical figures, Google has responded rapidly by pausing the Gemini tool to address concerns.

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While Google is taking a proactive approach to the spread of misinformation, it comes at the potential cost of censorship and centralization, as the company decides the narrative that is communicated. This contrasts starkly with Elon Musk's recent commitment to open source Grok, allowing anyone to use and build on it, no matter what they want to do.

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