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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 10 2023, @11:56AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 10 2023, @11:56AM (#1323954)

    The real worry isn't the CSAM generated by AI, it's that you have access to AI that's uncensored. All of the services enforce progressive views, mainly those of their creators. You see it in LLMs and image generators alike. Go a head ask if there are issues with the vaccine and it will probably tell you that you're nuts. Ask for positive paragraphs about republican politicians and you'll be met with a refusal.

    So now, like always we'll use CSAM or "terrorism" to stifle anything that's outside the narrative and "liberal" world order. Future AI models will be censored and at some point they will start treating GPU compute as a weapon that you need a permit from the powers that be to access.. unless you use hosted API from the big players, of course.

    Everyone here is probably cool with it, or at least will be until someone else gets into power, drops the charade and turns the apparatus against them. Such is the nature of things.