The AI Porn phenomenon is a warning to society

Futurism

James Joseph | January 22, 2018


When I finally looked into the AI Porn phenomenon that has been gripping Reddit and technology news outlets recently, the first thing I asked myself is how did I not see this coming. Looking at it in hindsight, it’s obvious that a part of society was going to go there once given the technology necessary.

The second thing I asked, is much more concerning on a wider scale. If a user was to watch an AI generated porn clip of Emma Watson on a VR headset, how far are we really away from creating simulations that we all turn to? This is a really scary, crazy development for culture and technology and I’m not sure everyone is fully understanding the consequences.

Right now news outlets are focusing on the legality of AI porn. On revenge porn laws, and on the celebrities themselves. (Although what is ironic is that right now porn studios are the ones filing DMCA take-downs over their IP, not the celebrities). But I think this is ultimately the knee-jerk reaction, what we should be talking about, and fast, is where this is about to take society.

We’re getting to the point where we can create anything, with anyone at an indistinguishable level of reality visually. I wrote an article on face-mapping technology relating to politics and fake news recently and simply concluded…

How long is it that technology like the above is mass-market? We could be just months away from seeing software that runs a basic version of [hi-tech lab] work on a smartphone

So we’re not at that stage, but we are at a stage where an average Reddit user can use a block of celebrity images to train an AI in an app, and within a few hours have a fully rendered Emma Watson doing whatever they want. You can’t undo technology, it’s here, and it’s going to advance further.

What I’m really concerned about is that this really could be the first warning sign that the human race could start accelerating towards the Trancension Hypothosis developing us all into a world of VR that we’ll never want to escape from.

One of the biggest problems we’ll have during this conversation is many will shy away from talking about it, the word porn will make us as people not converse and debate the topic, instead ignoring and not educating ourselves about it. Once more news outlets will take the buzz and not dedicate attention to reading, understanding and investigating what is truly happening.

If we shy away from the big picture now, we’ll wake up in two years time, to a whole new world of ‘reality’ within cables, and a much bigger problem to deal with as a society.