Apr 26, 2024

Hany Farid Debunks Supposed Antisemitic Rant by Baltimore Principal

From WAMU 88.5

A Baltimore-area teacher is accused of using AI to make his boss appear racist

By Jaclyn Diaz

A Maryland high school athletic director is facing criminal charges after police say he used artificial intelligence to duplicate the voice of Pikesville High School Principal Eric Eiswert, leading the community to believe Eiswert said racist and antisemitic things about teachers and students.

“We now have conclusive evidence that the recording was not authentic,” Baltimore County Police Chief Robert McCullough told reporters during a news conference Thursday. “It’s been determined the recording was generated through the use of artificial intelligence technology...”

The wild, headline-making details of this case aside, it emphasizes the serious potential for criminal misuse of artificial intelligence that experts have been warning about for some time, said Hany Farid, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who specializes in digital forensics...


Hany Farid is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and the School of Information at UC Berkeley.

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Hany Farid (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the School of Information)

Last updated:

May 10, 2024