The United States watchdog warned hopeful crypto investors against placing trust and funds in AI trading bots, as many of them will result in a 100% loss.
Investors on the hunt for their next massive cryptocurrency gain have been warned against relying on artificial intelligence (AI) trading bots to deliver. Despite the surge in popularity, the United States Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reiterates that AI cannot predict the future.
In a recent statement published by the CFTC titled Customer Advisory Cautions the Public to Beware of Artificial Intelligence Scams, the agency advises crypto investors aspiring for significant returns this year to avoid being lured by exaggerated promises from AI.
Particularly, those promising impressive yields by using bots, trade signal algorithms, crypto-asset arbitrage algorithms, and other AI-assisted technology.
“The prevalence of social media platforms and “influencers” makes it even easier for fraudsters to spread false information.”
Melanie Devoe, director of CFTC’s office of customer education and outreach emphasizes that investors should be “wary of the hype,” reiterating that AI has become another way for malicious actors to defraud unsuspecting investors.
Meanwhile, the agency further noted that investors should research the background of a company or traderbefore trusting their money to trading bots or trade-signal providers.
Last year, AI-driven crypto trading bots were a major focal point of discussion in the industry.
In April 2023, several U.S. state watchdogs took action against an AI trading bot claiming it could generate returns of up to 2.2% a day through leveraging AI.
Securities regulators from Montana, Texas, and Alabama, alleged that crypto trading platform YieldTrust.ai is operating a Ponzi scheme, as it doesn’t have any proof that the AI trading bot even exists or can perform at the level that the marketing campaign claims it can.
Meanwhile, in June 2023, there was a case highlighted by blockchain analysis firm Arkham Intelligence where a crypto trading bot took on a $200 million flash loan to secure a mere $3.24 in profit.
Although major crypto exchanges, such as Bitget, have been exploring the use of AI bots on their own platforms.
Bitget CEO Gracy Chen told Cointelegraph that its Commodities Trading Advisor (CTA) AI bot uses new strategy logic by continuously receiving historical strategy data, analyzing and processing the data, thereby realizing self-learning.
“So AI strategies help users choose and create strategies more intuitively by only needing a simple rate of return number and price chart, eliminating the need to fill in complex parameters like in algorithms,” she stated.
ChatGPT explained that AI could play a role through its influence on market analysis, trading strategies, and broader technological advancements in blockchain.