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Artificial Intelligence: US bans automated calls using AI-generated voices

The US communications regulator has banned automated advertising calls with voices generated by artificial intelligence. The telecommunications authority FCC can thus impose fines on companies that use AI voices in their calls or block service providers that transmit such voices.

For calls with voices generated by artificial intelligence, the prior consent of the recipient is essential, the FCC said. The originators of such calls would also have to clearly identify themselves. The decision takes effect immediately. Violators can be fined more than $23,000 per call, according to the FCC.

A few weeks ago, automated calls with a deceptively real-sounding imitation of President Joe Biden’s voice caused a stir in the USA . The message of the calls was not to participate in the New Hampshire state Democratic Party primary.

Fear of influencing elections

The incident fueled concerns that in the coming months there could be attempts to influence the outcome of the November presidential election by spreading AI fakes. Authorities have now identified a Texas company as the originator of the calls and are taking action against them.

“Malicious actors are using AI-generated voices in unsolicited calls to blackmail vulnerable family members, impersonate celebrities, and misinform voters,” said agency Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “We are informing the fraudsters behind these calls.”

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