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Artificial intelligence is steadily penetrating our daily lives: from fake photos of Greek rescuers of EMAK holding a young girl in their arms after the huge earthquake in Turkey that shook millions of people, until Pope Francis' white Balenciaga jacket, lies confuse the truth and dominate people's lives.
Yesterday, in Greece, two events that reflect both sides of this story came to light in a single day. While the first virtual presenter named Hermes, a product of artificial intelligence, appeared on ERT and captivated the television audience, at the same time a 15-year-old boy "undressed" two 12-year-old girls with the help of this technology and published their photos on social media.
"Good evening everyone and thank you for coming to Studio 4 of ERT. In the coming days, this studio will host a discussion of political leaders moderated by Giorgos Koumbalas. Normally, he should do the presentation, but due to work commitments, I have been hired...". Hermes said humorously as he looked at the audience.
And if his presence impressed the audience, on the same day, one A 15-year-old student was arrested by the A.T. Aspropyrgos for allegedly taking photos of two girls from social media in a group chat he had with other classmates, stripping them of their clothes and posting them on Instagram.
This is the dark side of artificial intelligence. The young man used an artificial intelligence program that scanned the images and with the help of an algorithm, understood the shape and proportions of the bodies in the photos, and put naked bodies in their place, making them look real. The two girls told their parents, who filed a complaint against the 15-year-old, who was arrested. He was charged with indecent assault and violation of the Privacy Act.
Artificial intelligence is making its presence felt more and more. Greek universities have seen a surge in the number of scientific papers on artificial intelligence in recent years, while more and more Greek companies are using artificial intelligence in their operations in one form or another: from artificial intelligence-based surgeries to voice assistants and applications for writing poems and solving mathematical problems, developing new technologies, etc. The room for maneuver is endless.
To such an extent that, as Google CEO Sundar Pichai pointed out a few days ago, society appears unprepared for the rapid developments in this field." There seems to be a mismatch between the rate at which society thinks and adapts to change and the rate at which artificial intelligence evolves."
Adding that "at least people are beginning to understand its potential dangers", the situation is dangerous and artificial intelligence "must be controlled like a nuclear weapon...".