New York City Mayor Eric Adams finds himself in something of a "vazerrific" political hot seat, as he might say in his Yiddish-infused take on artificial intelligence.

This week, the mayor told City Hall reporters that his office uses artificial intelligence software to make automated calls about city hiring events in Yiddish, Chinese, and other languages he doesn't speak, which, as the mayor openly acknowledges, is pretty much any language except English.

"People constantly stop me on the street and say, 'I didn't know you spoke Mandarin, you understand?'" Adams quipped.

But Albert Fox Cahn, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, told The Associated Press, "The mayor is fabricating a deep fake. This is deeply unethical, especially from the standpoint of taxpayers."

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To which Mayor Adams responded, "I have to run the city, and I have to have the ability to speak to people in languages they understand... So all I can say to everyone is, 'hao.'"

That's not Chinese for "fuggetaboutit!"

There's a part of this story that might seem almost innocently fun: an American politician is using AI to try to seem even more like a man of the people in a vast and diverse city where people speak hundreds of languages, from Albanian and Bengali to Tagalog and Yiddish.

But the future could raise more serious concerns.

The AP reports that Spotify already has an AI feature that can translate podcasts into different languages in the voice of the original podcaster. And there's a company called ElevenLabs that claims it can convert what it calls "speech content" — like, say, this very show — into another language, duplicating the voice of the original speaker.

"Hey, how ya doin'," as they might say to me in Yiddish.

I'm sure AI companies will argue — doesn't this just make more information accessible to more people? And I'm dazzled by the idea of entertaining people in Danish. "This Weekend Have'n, I'm Scott Simon."

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But "yes, but I saw..." and "yes, but I heard..." have already become trust-warranted statements in our information-saturated times.

Mayor Adams' voice making robo calls in pidgin Chinese might seem more absurd than harmful. But imagine the real harm that could be done if different operatives begin using artificial intelligence and deepfake technology to make politicians and public figures say things in voices that are familiar to us in languages they never spoke?

Indeed, can any of us be absolutely sure that somewhere on the web this isn't already happening?