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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.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2023/09/ai-generated-child-sex-imagery-has-every-us-attorney-general-calling-for-action/

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: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 09 2023, @06:14PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 09 2023, @06:14PM (#1323888)

    If we consider how free market economics actually works I would hypothesise that it would actually make more sense to encourage AI pornography if the objective was to reduce human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

    Because... if AI generated pornography reaches a sufficient level of detail that it becomes indistinguishable from traditional pornography then the market for traditional pornography should almost entirely disappear. Why would someone who creates pornography for profit go to all the effort, risk, and cost of creating pornography with real humans if an AI tool could generate the same (or better) content for lower cost, time, and risk.

    How many people still use film cameras vs digital cameras now vs 50 years ago? They both produce a photographic image, but digital cameras do it much more efficiently and cheaply. And so nobody really uses polaroid cameras anymore (apart from a few niche cases). So, why would anyone produce traditional pornography if it was cheaper and more efficient to do so with an AI tool?

    I would extralpolate then, that once AI generated pornography becomes indistinguishable from traditional pornography, the economics would actually drive a massive decline in human trafficking and sexual exploitation because these would become vastly less profitable. As counterintuitive as it may sound, perhaps we should actually be encouraging AI-generated pornography -- commercial adoption drives investment and is typically the fastest route to improving the quality/capabilities of any technology which would get us to this technological 'tipping point' much sooner.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday September 10 2023, @01:19AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday September 10 2023, @01:19AM (#1323925) Journal

    Because... if AI generated pornography reaches a sufficient level of detail that it becomes indistinguishable from traditional pornography then the market for traditional pornography should almost entirely disappear.

    This. When legal alternatives are cheap and similar or better in quality, most people won't bother going illegal.