“A Campaign Aide Didn’t Write That Email. A.I. Did.”


The Democratic Party has begun testing the use of artificial intelligence to write first drafts of some fund-raising messages, appeals that often perform better than those written entirely by human beings.

Fake A.I. images of Donald J. Trump getting arrested in New York spread faster than they could be fact-checked last week.

And voice-cloning tools are producing vividly lifelike audio of President Biden — and many others — saying things they did not actually say.

Artificial intelligence isn’t just coming soon to the 2024 campaign trail. It’s already here.

The swift advance of A.I. promises to be as disruptive to the political sphere as to broader society. Now any amateur with a laptop can manufacture the kinds of convincing sounds and images that were once the domain of the most sophisticated digital players. This democratization of disinformation is blurring the boundaries between fact and fake at a moment when the acceptance of universal truths — that Mr. Biden beat Mr. Trump in 2020, for example — is already being strained.

And as synthetic media gets more believable, the question becomes: What happens when people can no longer trust their own eyes and ears?

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