AI Tech Accord Focuses on Election Integrity

Last week, 20 leading AI and platform companies announced their participation in a new Tech Accord to Combat Deceptive Use of AI in 2024 Elections. The companies, which include Anthropic, Google, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI, and others, pledged to help prevent deceptive AI content from interfering with this year’s elections worldwide.

“As society embraces the benefits of AI, we have a responsibility to help ensure these tools don’t become weaponized in elections,” said Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President of Microsoft. He also called for “the development of new laws to address this evolving problem.” You can learn more in his Microsoft on the Issues blog, “Meeting the moment: combating AI deepfakes in elections through today’s new tech accord.”

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  • Associated Press: Intuitive Machines became the first private business to pull off a lunar landing after their craft Odysseus made contact with the moon’s surface. This is the first U.S. touchdown on the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972.
  • Bloomberg: Masayoshi Son, the founder of SoftBank, is seeking $100 billion to fund Izanagi, a chip venture to compete with Nvidia Corp and build semiconductors critical to AI. If this project succeeds, it will be one of the largest investments in AI since ChatGPT.
  • Wired: While deepfakes have been a major concern, especially with upcoming elections, due to their potential use for disinformation and reputation harm, several companies are embracing the technology and see it as a clever and catchy way to engage with customers.
  • The Hill: The EU has opened a formal investigation into TikTok to review if the platform violated the Digital Services Act (DSA), their new online child protection rule.
  • Vox: A video explainer details how advances in AI models that use historical weather data have released weather forecasts rivaling those created through traditional forecasting methods.

Featured Podcast


  • Pivotal with Hayete Gallot
    On this episode of Pivotal, we meet Matija Zulj, the founder and CEO of the Croatian software company AGRIVI. Mitija explains how his company’s new AI solution — AGRIVI Ed — is making a large trove of industry and environmental data available and accessible to farmers to help them make better, faster decisions that can significantly improve their crop yields and income. AGRIVI believes that the positive effects of agriculture’s digital transformation will extend beyond making farming more efficient and profitable — it also has the potential to entice a younger generation to join the industry, reduce food waste, and help solve the global problem of food insecurity. Empowering farmers with AI tools is the new frontier of digital agriculture, and it ensures our access to food for generations to come. (AGRIVI puts AI to work on farms worldwide – February 13, 2024)