Technical and Religious Perspectives on AI Misinformation and Disinformation

26 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2024

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David M. Brenner

AI & Faith

Yaqub Chaudhary

Independent Researcher

Robert M. Geraci

Manhattan College

Mark Graves

AI & Faith; Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology

Haley Griese

AI & Faith

Elias Kruger

AI & Faith

Yuriko Ryan

AI & Faith

Marcus Schwarting

AI & Faith

Date Written: June 21, 2024

Abstract

Misinformation and disinformation permeate our experience of using and interfacing with modern media. With the advent of social networks beginning in the mid-2000s, convincing false statements and misrepresentations can spread rapidly across vast and diverse networks of individuals. Alongside the rise of social networks, modern artificial intelligence (AI) techniques have undergone tremendous improvements at emulating language, speech, images and video. The confluence of these forces has enabled individuals with little technical expertise to successfully craft and spread high-quality disinformation. Generative AI models have made it increasingly difficult to separate truth from fiction when consuming media.

For many, religious ethics offer a reliable framework for seeking truth. While different religious traditions may operate under vastly different assumptions, each offers important insights and guidance for responding to an AI-driven misinformation epidemic. Engagement with religion is particularly important in cases when religious beliefs and practices can affect the spread of misinformation and can be utilized by those creating disinformation. In this work, we provide a technical overview and history of AI-driven mis- and disinformation, then consider Catholic, Islamic, Jewish, and Protestant religious ethical perspectives.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Religious Ethics, Disinformation, Misinformation, AI Ethics

JEL Classification: Z12, Z18

Suggested Citation

Brenner, David and Chaudhary, Yaqub and Geraci, Robert and Graves, Mark and Griese, Haley and Kruger, Elias and Ryan, Yuriko and Schwarting, Marcus, Technical and Religious Perspectives on AI Misinformation and Disinformation (June 21, 2024). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4360413 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4360413

David Brenner

AI & Faith

Seattle, WA
United States

Yaqub Chaudhary

Independent Researcher ( email )

Robert Geraci

Manhattan College ( email )

Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471
United States

Mark Graves

AI & Faith ( email )

Seattle, WA
United States

Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology ( email )

135 North Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91182
United States

Haley Griese

AI & Faith ( email )

Seattle, WA
United States

Elias Kruger

AI & Faith ( email )

Seattle, WA
United States

Yuriko Ryan

AI & Faith ( email )

Seattle, WA
United States

Marcus Schwarting (Contact Author)

AI & Faith

Seattle, WA

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