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FBI chief warns that terrorists can unleash AI in terrifying new ways

The chiefs of the FBI and Britain’s MI5 have raised concerns about the enormous and terrifying potential artificial intelligence poses for terrorists, saying the technology adds “a level of threat to that we haven’t previously encountered.”

“It’s one of those issues where no one has a monopoly of wisdom and trying to have a different form of public-private partnership and, crucially, international partnerships,” MI5 Director General Ken McCallum said during the Five Eyes alliance conference in California this week.

The conference between the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand focused on the launch of an initiative aimed at finding innovative responses to developing intelligence threats, particularly in the face of new technology such as AI generative platforms.

“Emerging technologies are essential to our economic and national security, and America’s role as a leading economic power, but they also present new and evolving threats,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said ahead of the conference.

Among some uses he’s seen or heard about, Gartenstein listed identity impersonation that can copy a person’s writing style or even voice by using audio files (should they exist) and fake images of Donald Trump being arrested as generated for an experiment by investigative journalists at Bellingcat.

“The question isn’t so much what can be done as it is what can’t be done,” he said.

The FBI did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment by the time of publication.

Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news. 

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