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posted by hubie on Saturday September 09 2023, @01:42AM   Printer-friendly
from the think-of-the-AI-generated-children dept.

On Wednesday, American attorneys general from all 50 states and four territories sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to establish an expert commission to study how generative AI can be used to exploit children through child sexual abuse material (CSAM). They also call for expanding existing laws against CSAM to explicitly cover AI-generated materials.

"As Attorneys General of our respective States and territories, we have a deep and grave concern for the safety of the children within our respective jurisdictions," the letter reads. "And while Internet crimes against children are already being actively prosecuted, we are concerned that AI is creating a new frontier for abuse that makes such prosecution more difficult."

In particular, open source image synthesis technologies such as Stable Diffusion allow the creation of AI-generated pornography with ease, and a large community has formed around tools and add-ons that enhance this ability. Since these AI models are openly available and often run locally, there are sometimes no guardrails preventing someone from creating sexualized images of children, and that has rung alarm bells among the nation's top prosecutors. (It's worth noting that Midjourney, DALL-E, and Adobe Firefly all have built-in filters that bar the creation of pornographic content.)

"Creating these images is easier than ever," the letter reads, "as anyone can download the AI tools to their computer and create images by simply typing in a short description of what the user wants to see. And because many of these AI tools are 'open source,' the tools can be run in an unrestricted and unpoliced way."

As we have previously covered, it has also become relatively easy to create AI-generated deepfakes of people without their consent using social media photos.

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by bzipitidoo on Saturday September 09 2023, @02:48AM

    by bzipitidoo (4388) on Saturday September 09 2023, @02:48AM (#1323775) Journal

    Have an expert commission study the matter, huh? Maybe, they do understand that there's little to nothing the law can do, and this move is just a smokescreen to show the people they're busying themselves working on it.

    Probably the commission will have to come up with some scheme no matter how implausible or invasive. Require that the AI to refuse to draw such things seems most likely. This will of course fail, because the AI is not that intelligent, and easily tricked. Like, ask it to draw a juvenile chimp. Then ask it to remove the hair, and change the face to that of a human child.

    Or the triggers will be far too broad. Also, there certainly can be legitimate reasons. One of the most famous photos from the Vietnam War is of a young girl, stark naked, running for her life. Heck, maybe law enforcers themselves would need an exception, to improve their ability to identify murder victims. Anyway, law enforcers would likely prefer that the AI rat out the individuals who ask for such stuff. That's not happening, but they will ask.

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