Artificial Intelligence: Far from truth, justice and humanitarian goals

Artificial Intelligence: Far from truth, justice and humanitarian goals

Antoun el-Fata | Tuesday 07 November 2023

Abi Najem: the goals due to most of the development taking place in all areas are mainly commercial

Apart from the fact that technological progress allows more facts to be conveyed, and to ensure sustainability in conveying what is happening during wars, revealing and exposing many military excesses, often, however, this (technological) progress itself threatens the "roboticity" of conflicts and human interaction with them, turning them into a resource of commercial gain.

Apart from the falsification of many videos, photos and facts, for political or ideological reasons, the intention to use technology is sometimes under the pretext of benefiting from it, rather than using it for the sake of humans.

Some videos, even if they are real, but they look like cinema films, to be published as Daily material, but some examples are very serious.

Following a crying child because he lost his parents, with a camera, from one room to another inside a hospital, down to the morgues, and pulling a corpse out of it, to make him (the child) see how his father or mother became... with the aim of posting a video on social media, is not a symptom of a fact, so much as a matter contrary to any moral consideration.

Here, it may be useful to adopt certain controls for the use of technology, in order to prevent the transformation of conflicts into daily commerce on screens and platforms, for political, military and ideological goals, and to prevent making the viewer just a "robot" in terms of receiving and interacting.

Roland Abi Najem, a Cyber Security & Digital Transformation Consultant & Expert explained that "fake news is not only related to the use of technology, but there are old news that happened in 2018 or 2019, for example, it is being circulated as if it happened today. As well as broadcasting information about events that took place in Colombia, for example, and are transmitted on the basis that they took place in the Gaza Strip".

He stressed in an interview with the "Akhbar al-Yawm" agency that "fake news is a very big problem, the responsibility of which is borne by the person who participates in the transfer of information, without verifying it and its source".

Abi Najem pointed to "the development in the methods of falsifying photos. In the past, an image was faked via Photoshop, for example, but now it is possible through artificial intelligence programs, and in a way that can deceive a very large group of people".

He added: "technology is a tool that it is being used for more negative things than positive sometimes and this problem will increase over time. Providing information about any matter or event may not necessarily bring the truth to people, and may not help to secure justice".

He concluded: "here it is necessary to pay attention to the goals set as a result of any technological or non-technological development taking place in the world. It is not necessary that the goals of those who contribute to achieving a certain development should be positive and provide the best for humanity. We remind you that the goals due to most of the development taking place in all areas are mainly commercial, and far from anything else related to truth, justice or humanitarian goals".


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