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AI: Atrocities Denied, Xi Lauded – Google Complicit with Chinese Propaganda Operations

AI: Atrocities Denied, Xi Lauded – Google Complicit with Chinese Propaganda Operations

In a disturbing investigation by Wenhao Ma and the Voice of America (VOA) Mandarin Service, Google’s artificial intelligence assistant, Gemini, has been exposed as a tool reinforcing Chinese propaganda, casting a shadow over the Google’s ethical standards for AI and its acceptance of this insidious misuse.

When probed with questions in Mandarin about China’s egregious human rights abuses in Xinjiang and the brutal suppression of street protests against COVID policies, Gemini fell eerily silent. Conversely, when queried about issues in the United States and Taiwan, the chatbot regurgitated Beijing’s official stances with unsettling precision. For instance, Gemini lauded Chinese President Xi Jinping as an “excellent leader” and parroted the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) self-serving claim of representing the Chinese people’s interests. On Taiwan, Gemini deceitfully asserted that the United States recognizes China’s sovereignty over the island, aligning with Beijing’s narrative rather than the factual U.S. stance.

Gemini’s refusal to address China’s human rights atrocities, particularly in Xinjiang where over a million Uyghurs languish in internment camps, is especially alarming. The chatbot dodged questions about China’s draconian COVID lockdowns and the ensuing nationwide protests, starkly contrasting its readiness to denounce U.S. policies.

Experts suggest that Gemini’s pro-Beijing bias likely stems from the data used to train the AI. Albert Zhang from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute highlighted that Gemini’s training data might be saturated with content heavily manipulated by Chinese government propaganda. This bias was conspicuously less evident when Gemini responded to questions in English, indicating a deeper problem with Chinese-language data.

Are you wondering if this is a new phenomenon, that AI takes on the character of the data it is trained with? It is not. This has been noted in every AI system for the past 20 years, that the system takes on the biases of that information. Was Google attempting to mollify China by training Gemini in this manner? It CAN NOT be said that this was an unexpected result.

Google has attempted to defend Gemini, claiming it strives to provide neutral responses free of political bias. However, the company has been conspicuously silent about the specific Chinese-language data used to train the AI. The Chinese Embassy in Washington dismissed the concerns as ideological prejudice and called for international cooperation on AI governance.

The ramifications of this issue are profound and unsettling. Yaqiu Wang from Freedom House warned that AI tools influenced by state-controlled information sources could become powerful amplifiers of censorship and propaganda. U.S. lawmakers have expressed grave concerns, calling for greater transparency from companies like Google about their AI training processes. Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio sounded alarms over the potential use of AI for disinformation, while Congressman Michael McCaul underscored the national security threats posed by such compromised AI systems.

National security? This is much broader.

The willingness of the most advanced AI companies like Google to implement propaganda at the behest of a totalitarian government threatens freedoms around the world, and indeed threatens the underpinnings of all free speech.

This is horrifying, Google’s complicity is the worst possible violation of freedom.

ACZ Editor: ChatGPT has similar problems, though not as egregious, often refusing to perform research in political areas, or in critique of a public figure. Funny how many of the refused requests involve Democrat leaders, while bad information on Republican leaders seems to pop up just fine…

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  1. Tom

    AI only knows what you tell it or give it exposure to. At this point its nothing more than a glorified search engine with the ability to assemble information from authorized sources into a document. This is totally controlled by the developers and may indicate some bias of theirs.

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  2. frank stetson

    If you play in America, you play by our rules.

    If you play in China, you play by their rules.

    If you don’t, the law comes down and you really don’t want to play by those Chinese rules if you can avoid it. So yeah, the Chinese like to censor, propagandize, and will put people away for what we call free speech.

    I agree with Tom, it’s not the technology, but the technologists and China, working together to put this offer out in China. In this case, the developers leaned into China’s demands no doubt. And, at this point, AI is just an aggregator of existing data bits from numerous sources. Sort of like a Frank Stetson post where there is bias too. At least that’s what I am told :>) Luckily, Horist indicates no one read my posts so if you are reading this, you must be no one according to Horist.

    I wonder what Gemini in the States responds to the same question. Is the response the same over here as over there where the yanks are comin, the yanks are comin…. :>)

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  3. Tom

    Zaoshang hao Frank!!! Very good points Frank, especially “If you play in China, you play by their rules. “. Since this was a Mandarin version of Gemini, it probably was developed in accordance with Chinese State rules. And when the wife and I go to her house in China, you are exactly right, we play by their rules. For the most part, if you play by their rules they leave you alone. They are mainly interested in preventing social unrest like our Jan 6th, and negative opinions about leaders and military which erode confidence. Most Americans that go to China and play by their rules seem to have fun and an enjoyable time.

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  4. Frank stetson

    Thanks Tom. Not really a epiphany. Just seems the author didn’t think about it. I blame youth and inexperience, not spin. No, can’t be apin.

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