Andrew Yang warns US ‘not doing enough’ to prepare for AI’s impact: ‘Dramatic changes’

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang spoke to Fox News Digital about the dangers. artificial intelligenceknown as A.I., and said governments were doing little to prepare for its potential harmful effects.

“AI is a very powerful technology, it’s a set of tools, and the tools are inherently neither positive nor negative, but there are both positives and negatives in how you use the tools,” Yang told Fox News this week. told Digital. It is clear that deepfake videos are already being used for political purposes. Fake photos of terrorist attacks are being used to manipulate the stock market. President Biden’s voiced robocalls attempt to prevent people from voting, but we’re only at the beginning. ”

“It’s almost there,” Yang said. “We wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between up and down, left and right, and if someone showed me a video of me doing something heinous, I would just shrug my shoulders and say, “That didn’t happen.” You’d think that might be for the best.” Immediate defense. ”

“There will be dramatic changes with AI,” Yang continued, “and our institutions are completely unprepared for it.”. ”

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Andrew Yang addresses attendees ahead of Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips’ arrival at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on January 22, 2024. ((Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images))

Experts have long warned that AI will lead to significant job losses in the US and at Fox Business. reported last year We found that 27% of jobs are at high risk of being automated as a result of the AI ​​boom.

The proliferation of artificial intelligence platforms such as Chat GPT could mean that 40% of the global workforce will need to be reskilled over the next three years as companies integrate the technology. Found this out in a recent study.

“When I was running for president in 2020, I was talking about job loss, and I’m still very concerned about that,” Yang said. “The IMF has said that around 40% of global jobs could be affected. This equates to hundreds of millions of workers around the world, but the impact is now being seen in our politics. , it’s just the beginning.”

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Andrew Yang at Freedom Fest

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas on July 16, 2022 (Fox News Digital)

We are critically unprepared for AI and its impact on the labor market,” Yang told FOX News Digital.

Yang was in South Carolina this week campaigning for Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips, who is running against President Biden in the presidential primary, and has been speaking out about AI this month as well.


Andrew Yang supports Dean Phillips

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang (left) speaks with Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who is running for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination, at a Dean campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, on January 18, 2024. Team up with your congressman. (Fox News – Monica Oros)

“AI, folks, we don’t have 100 years,” Phillips told a crowd in New Hampshire. “We have months, if not years at most. I expect it and I’m ready for it. I will be the first AI president. .”

Philips has pledged to form an AI “task force” to study AI applications and outcomes.

Fox News Digital’s Elizabeth Elkind and Emma Colton contributed to this report