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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: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Saturday September 09 2023, @05:36AM (4 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 09 2023, @05:36AM (#1323784) Journal

    Kinda makes you wonder. Do these legal beagles get off on this sort of imagery? They get together to watch these videos, then decide that the common man shouldn't have access?

    I have no empathy or sympathy for people who get off on child porn, but, new laws will be misapplied, for sure. Hell, existing law is applied to nonsense cases. Some girl sends her boyfriend a nudie, or even merely a suggestive photo. And, they both get busted for child porn? FFS, give it a break! [] []

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  • (Score: 1) by pTamok on Saturday September 09 2023, @06:26PM (1 child)

    by pTamok (3042) on Saturday September 09 2023, @06:26PM (#1323890)

    Laws are made by the representatives you vote for. If you think the law is wrong, campaign for change; or vote in different representatives who will make the changes you want.

    The law is not made by judges, prosecutors, or the police.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 10 2023, @12:03PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 10 2023, @12:03PM (#1323958)

      Right.. just check out how fast bernie got elected and what happened with trump. I'm sure vivek stands a chance too. Remember when tulsi gabbard won the primary? At the local level the party picks who you can vote for all the same. One of these days, alice, one of these days.

  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Saturday September 09 2023, @07:56PM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Saturday September 09 2023, @07:56PM (#1323903)

    Maybe they're offended by the threat to their livelihood, from the decrease in slam-dunk actual human trafficking cases they'll have the opportunity to litigate. Or maybe they're worried that it'll be easier to create this content, secrete it electronically on someone's digital devices, and then they'll have to defend something that distasteful (if not illegal) to a jury. IANAL though so this is all speculation.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 10 2023, @12:00PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 10 2023, @12:00PM (#1323956)

    I mean yea.. Look at epstein island. Nobody has been prosecuted. Biden says weird things about little girls and touches them oddly on video. Check out hunter and those pics of him surrounded by underage kids. Those in power are obviously into this stuff and project it onto everyone else.

    They will never be prosecuted, only you will on technicalities.