FCC Wants to Outlaw AI-Generated Robocalls
Feb 1, 2024, 1:06 PM by Rich Brome
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel this week proposed that the FCC effectively outlaw robocalls made with AI-generated voices, including new voice cloning technology. Robocalls made using "artificial" voices are already banned, so this is more of a regulatory clarification, expressly stating that AI-generated voices qualify as "artificial" under the existing Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The issue made headlines recently when calls were made to New hampshire voters using AI to mimic President Joe Biden's voice.
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