– FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel wants AI-generated voices in robocalls to be recognized as artificial and made illegal.
– Recognizing AI-generated voice calls as illegal would give state attorneys general offices new tools to crack down on scammers.
– The FCC’s proposal comes after a call impersonating President Joe Biden was created using AI tools.
– Comcast is discontinuing its Xfinity 10G Network branding after it was found to be misleading consumers.
– Google is adding generative AI to Maps to provide more personalized recommendations.
– Universal Music Group is pulling the catalogs of performers it represents from TikTok due to payment disagreements.
– Meta’s Reality Labs division generated over $1 billion in revenue but still had significant losses.
AI-generated voices mimicking celebrities and politicians are making it harder for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fight robocalls. FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel wants the commission to recognize calls that use AI-generated voices as artificial, making the use of voice cloning technologies in robocalls illegal.
Under the FCC’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), artificial voice or recording calls to residences are against the law. If AI-generated voice calls are recognized as illegal under the existing law, it’ll give state attorneys general offices nationwide “new tools” to crack down on scammers.
The FCC’s proposal comes shortly after some New Hampshire residents received a call impersonating President Joe Biden, telling them not to vote in their state’s primary. A security firm performed a thorough analysis of the call and determined it was created using AI tools by a startup called ElevenLabs. The company subsequently banned the account responsible for the message.
— Mat Smith
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The use of AI-generated voices mimicking celebrities and politicians in robocalls is posing a challenge for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its fight against such illegal calls. FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel is urging the commission to classify calls using AI-generated voices as artificial, which would make the use of voice cloning technologies in robocalls illegal. Currently, the FCC’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) prohibits artificial voice or recording calls to residences. Recognizing AI-generated voice calls as illegal would provide state attorneys general offices across the US with new tools to crack down on scammers. The FCC’s proposal comes after New Hampshire residents received a call impersonating President Joe Biden, which was determined to have been created using AI tools by a startup called ElevenLabs.