There Prob­a­bly Needs to Be a Law

In 2020, two pro­fes­sors and a group of stu­dents at Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty sent 32,398 emails and hand­writ­ten let­ters to 7,132 state leg­is­la­tors across the nation. The let­ters and emails took con­ser­v­a­tive and pro­gres­sive posi­tions on issues rang­ing from abor­tion to gun con­trol. They seem­ing­ly claimed to be from the leg­is­la­tors’ dis­tricts. But the com­mu­ni­ca­tions were all gen­er­at­ed by arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence.
In the study, con­duct­ed by pro­fes­sors Sarah Kreps and Dou­glas Kriner of Cor­nell, their stu­dents took pre­tend con­stituent let­ters gen­er­at­ed by arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and either rewrote those let­ters by hand or gen­er­at­ed emails to leg­is­la­tors based on the AI work. I learned ab …