Trump WARNS on CBDCs But Says Other Burgeoning Tech Is ‘Most Dangerous Thing Out There’

February 2nd, 2024 1:20 PM

Former president and current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump emphasized the dangers of artificial intelligence in a new interview.

Despite experts’ warnings on the serious risks posed by artificial intelligence (AI), including for free speech, Big Tech companies have been scrambling to develop and expand their AI offerings. But Trump didn’t mince words when speaking to Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. Trump said AI could be “the most dangerous thing out there” because “there’s no real solution.” AI development continues to hurtle on, even as the risks to free speech, jobs and other key societal aspects increase.

Bartiromo asked Trump about the dangers of central bank digital currency (CBDC), a type of government-tracked digital form of exchange many governments have aimed to implement. Even the Biden administration has issued an executive order to explore the “infrastructure and capacity needs” for the “potential” development of a U.S. CBDC. In China, digital currency enables the government to track and enforce financial censorship via a social credit system. “Very dangerous. It’s very dangerous. One day you don’t have any money in your account. It can be a very dangerous thing,” Trump described CBDCs. He has pledged to reject a CBDC if elected.

Trump then brought up another digital threat: AI. “And the other thing that I think is maybe the most dangerous thing out there of anything, because there’s no real solution — the AI, as they call it. It is so scary,” Trump emphasized. “Something has to be done about this, and it has to be done fast,” or AI will present a severe security risk, he added.

The presidential candidate noted that AI can distort various media, including videos, images and voices, to spread confusion. “I saw somebody ripping me off the other day where they had me making a speech about their product,” Trump explained. “I said, ‘I’ll never endorse that product.’ You can’t even tell the difference. It looks like I’m actually endorsing it.” 

AI is likely to play a key role in the online information and censorship battle heading into the 2024 election.

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