With AI Getting Better at Generating Porn Are you Ready for the Consequences
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With AI getting better at generating porn are you ready for the consequences? Imagine a red-headed woman stands on the moon, her face obscured. Her naked body looks like it’s coming off of a poster in someone’s room and you might be about to do something with it, but then you look at her torso and she has three arms.

A system that converts text into pictures, has been used by advertisements and artists to create high-quality concept images. Many have explored the systems trying them out with porn. 

The result of AI porn as imperfect and unsettling for instance you may not be able to generate the red headed woman with an extra arm fetish. Keeping in mind the tech is evolving it 

AI porn is about as unsettling and imperfect as you’d expect (that red-head on the moon was likely not generated by someone with an extra arm fetish). But as the tech continues to improve, what does a data breach of this magnitude mean for AI ethicists and sex workers.

Earlier this month discussion boards 4chan and Reddit saw Pornography created using the latest image-generating systems first time. A member of 4chan leaked the open source Stable Diffusion system ahead of its official release. We stumbled upon the first websites dedicated to high-fidelity AI porn generation launched.

Porn Pen’s website allows users to customize the appearance of nude AI-generated models. These models can take on photos of your choosing with tags that include “babe”, “lingerie model”, “chubby” and many more. There can be a bug on mirror selfies though because the mirrors don’t actually show your reflection, but these models are not people at all, just arbitrary shapes.

The creator of Porn Pen is not ready to do an interview, but they did say it is an experiment. They added the ability to remove custom text so that harmful imagery wouldn’t be created. New prompts will be added as the engineer fine tunes the algorithm.

One big issue with PornPen is the ethical implications it poses. For example, there are questions about biases in the image-generating systems and sources of data from which these new technologies arose. It’s important to think about how porn relating with this new technology will harm performers’ livelihoods when they’re trying to make a living off of producing porn.

An AI system has replicated a male heteronormative gaze by picking a voice that is both male and heterosexual.

Ashley, a sex worker and peer organizer who works on cases related to content moderation, claims that the content generated by Porn Pen is not a threat to sex workers in its current state. Ashley thinks this is because most of the content does not contain any explicit mention or depiction of their work (sexual services).

Ashley said people differentiate themselves in the media by being more accessible and interesting, not just making the best content. They think it will be a long time before AI can replace that.

Although AI-generated porn can not be screened for consent like that of a human, it still has remained relevant on known platforms where creators verify their identity to provide safe and legal content.

Ashley worries that, if porn sites crack down on AI porn, it will lead to harsher restrictions for sex workers, who are already facing increased regulation from legislation like FOSTA. Legislation has already negatively impacted sex workers because it makes online sex work more difficult. Community organizations have said that after these changes were introduced, they started to see an increase in the number of homeless sex workers.

With SESTA, an individual has compassion for child sex trafficking victims and commits criminal law about prostitution without mentioning age.

There are not many laws in the world addressing deepfaked porn. Though there are strict regulations restricting certain use of faked and deepfaked pornographic media only Virginia and California in the US.

The Stable Diffusion system learns from billions of images labeled with annotations to generate new images that show an art style, location, aesthetic or other important detail. These can be generated without any input or custom pre-programmed directives.

When prompted with a task as specific as “a bird painting in the style of Van Gogh,” the AI will generate an image painted in the same style as Van Gogh. But it becomes vastly more difficult when the prompt is less specific, or when the system has to tackle subject matter it doesn’t know much about.

For instance Porn Pen at times generates images without a person, perhaps due to the failure of the system to understand the prompt. Earlier though it showed physically improbable models, typically with extra limbs, nipples in unusual places and contorted flesh.

Porn Pen is a porn site that only has cisnormative people.Ashley said it’s not great to generate porn of an existing person. The AI can be used among other things to harass them.

There is an issue with the data because it doesn’t include the consent of all the people in the dataset.

Cook says “many of the people in the nudes in the training data” may use their work to undercut their ability to earn a living. Just like artists, musicians, or journalists–the works these people have produced are being used to create systems that also lower their ability to earn money.

Cook predicts that more people will use AI to take advantage of their technology, and should be educated in the repercussions.

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