AI-generated porn: We might soon witness the dawn of misusing AI image generator tools

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For a couple of months, we witnessed the internet playing around with AI text-to-image generators like DALL-E 2, Craiyon, etc. These AI tools work on a diffusion model; its users simply have to input a text prompt and its image will appear right in front of you. While Craiyon is still developed on a smaller scale, other tools on the list have generated mind-boggling results and its developers are constantly working to make it even better. Recently, OpenAI, the creators of DALL-E 2 announced its outpainting feature that allows users to generate a zoomed-out version of existing images.

DALL-E 2 has a lot of limitations in order to prevent the misuse of the tool and it is still only accessible to 1 million users. On 22nd August 2022, Stability.AI announced the release of Stable Diffusion as an open-source model, meaning, users can modify and alter with restrictions to explore the platform. And while some look at it from an artistic point of view, other users are putting their dirty minds to work.

AI-Generated Porn and its Dangers

When people were exploring Craiyon (previously DALL-E Mini) and DALL-E 2 as well, there were several questions raised regarding biases that AI doesn’t understand. Since these text-to-image generators are trained on millions of photos and labels available on the internet, it is possible that it picks up biases. Like when someone prompted for a nurse or doctor, the generator naturally displayed nurses of the female gender and doctors of the male (especially white pictures). This raised alarming concerns that people can misuse these tools but we have moved one more step ahead of this.

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AI porn first came into the picture via 4chan and Reddit when a member from the 4chan discussion board leaked the open-source of the text-to-image generator Stable Diffusion before its release. Later, a website dedicated to creating AI-generated porn, Porn Pen was launched.

Now, with Stable Diffusion and Porn Pen, people have started generating everything you can imagine and associate the word ‘horny’ with it. More and more AI pornography can be seen on Lexica, a collection of Stable Diffusion images. While you may limit your imagination to the “good stuff”, some of these generations are as dark as they can get. This raises a lot of questions regarding the extent to which AI can be used to create similar stuff.

While these image generations may be very disturbing, it also raises questions for AI ethicists and sex workers. We already witness deepfake media and child pornography today. The introduction of AI in such sensitive issues will only catapult the harm that it can cause.

While these image generations may be very disturbing, it also raises questions for AI ethicists and sex workers. We already witness deepfake media and child pornography today. The introduction of AI in such sensitive issues will only catapult the harm that it can cause.

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With the help of AI, it can be very easy to swap the faces of people into nonexisting sensitive images and also incorporate images or videos of celebrities in them. These can further be used to blackmail and silence people.

Honestly speaking, we don’t even want to think about child pornography but the fact that artificial intelligence, is in turn artificial; it doesn’t have a mind to think and a heart to feel. A human can simply put in instructions and it will generate the desired results. So, nobody can control what can these AI tools generate through the instructions.

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Let’s also take a moment to think about the “fantasies or kinks” that people have. This means that the sky is the limit to generating AI pornography and we can anticipate that a lot of stuff would be disturbing to watch.

Porn Pen – The AI generator website for pornography images

Porn Pen (pornpen.ai) is a similar text-to-image generator that brings your porn fantasies to reality. You can customize nude AI-generated models using the variety of tags available on the website. You can choose the ethnicity, scene, angle i.e. from the back or front, and more. Noting that all these generations are of people that don’t exist and of WOMEN.

Apart from the questions about the source of these images and the above-mentioned biases, if people do start using these generators to create customized porn, then it can affect creators who create pornography content for a living.

Using Porn Pen, you can customize nude AI-generated models using the variety of tags available on the website. You can choose the ethnicity, scene, angle i.e. from the back or front, and more. Noting that all these generations are of people that don’t exist and of WOMEN.

What can we do about it?

While there’s not much that we can do to stop people from making porn using these image generators right now, we need to start ideating on ways to do something about it. The problem that we are anticipating still lies ahead of us but it can catch up to us real quick. Tech giants and creators are the ones who can ideate apt solutions to minimize our problems.

There are also art advocates who may feel and use AI-generated porn as a way to express art but they surely don’t want to see something dangerous. Laws pertaining to such new technologies are also very limited and now may be the right time to start thinking about it.

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The progress in artificial intelligence is helping humans in a lot of activities but if ethics revolving around it are not ironclad, then it can prove to be more harm than boon to society. To put it in extremely simple words, all you need is an AI tool, an evil mind, and you get the perfect recipe for disaster.

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