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The right's new culture-war target: 'Woke AI'

By Nitasha Tiku and Will Oremus

24 Feb 2023 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

The Post reports on how AI has opened up a new front in America's culture wars, with tech companies serving as political lightning rods despite their efforts to avoid controversy.

Christopher Rufo, the conservative activist who led campaigns against critical race theory and gender identity in schools, this week pointed his half-million Twitter followers toward a new target for right-wing ire: "woke AI."

The tweet highlighted President Biden's recent order calling for artificial intelligence that "advances equity" and "prohibits algorithmic discrimination," which Rufo said was tantamount to "a special mandate for woke AI."

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