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President Cyril Ramaphosa's Speech: AI's Role in Politics Under Scrutiny

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Nitish Verma
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President Cyril Ramaphosa's Speech: AI's Role in Politics Under Scrutiny

In an unprecedented development, President Cyril Ramaphosa's recent speech has stirred controversy, with claims that it was partially written by artificial intelligence (AI). The accusations, originating from a series of Twitter posts by YouTuber Roman Cabanac, suggest that the AI tool, ChatGPT, was instrumental in crafting the President's speech on November 21.

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Unraveling the Accusations

Cabanac's posts sent shockwaves through the speechwriting circle, with the plagiarism checker software, Scribbr, indicating an 89% likelihood that a section of the speech was AI-generated. The speech in question was delivered at an international education conference, with parts provided by the Department of Basic Education. The claims have led to a significant uproar, sparking an investigation by the South African administration.

Official Response to AI Claim

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Following the allegations, Vincent Magwenya, the spokesperson in the Presidency, clarified that the Presidential speeches are not composed using AI tools. He emphasized that the use of AI to produce speeches or any other material is unacceptable, promising action if the reports prove correct. The Presidency vehemently denies using AI or ChatGPT in content development, including speeches.

Future Implications

This event, regardless of the investigation's outcome, highlights the intersection of technology and politics, raising questions about the future role of AI in political communications. It prompts reflections on the authenticity of messages, the potential implications for transparency, and trust in public discourse. As AI continues to permeate various aspects of life, its use for complex tasks traditionally reserved for humans could usher in a new era of digital revolution, with profound implications on society.

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