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Robots are making your porn – and it’s terrifying

It was going to happen eventually. Someone, namely a Reddit user called “deepfakes”, has used facial recognition software and a machine learning algorithm to replace the face of a porn star with that of Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot: in an incest themed porno. And the worst thing? Aside from the slightly uncanny valley effect, it’s pretty convincing.

You don’t need a super expensive computer or to be Steve Jobs to make a very convincing video.

According to Artificial Intelligence researchers and programmers alike, this is pretty simple. You don’t need a super expensive computer or to be Steve Jobs to make a very convincing video. And although it may currently only be being used to essentially make fan-porn, it has terrifying implications. In the very near future, many people will easily be able to create fake videos incriminating someone who wasn’t even in the room. There are already scams where people record you through the inbuilt camera on your computer and then blackmail you with videos of yourself in order to get money from you. Imagine what would happen if a school teacher’s face was morphed onto the body of a porn star having sex with a very young woman? Or a politician in a BDSM scene? In fact, I’m certain it’s already been done, with poor results. The question now is, how long until it’s easy to make so convincing that it can be used as evidence? The latest iPhone scans your face every time you use it, creating a digital version of you. Where is that information stored? Who will be able to buy it in the future?

I’ve been getting more and more nervous about Artificial Intelligence for a while. And although that may just sound like paranoid 21st century norm, it really is becoming a problem. Not only does A.I. exist now, but we already have no idea how it works, or why. The algorithms that Facebook, Google and Twitter use for marketing ads towards certain demographics are so complex that we would have no idea where even to begin in trying to understand them. This amazing talk from Zeynep Tufekci below begins with the example of an experience we’ve all had; a product following you around in the ads of facebook or your email, even after you’ve caved and purchased it. But she moves on to talk about how the auto-play function in Youtube can actually be a factor in the swift and massive radicalisation of many Americans over to the far-right. This isn’t A.I. with a motive – it’s just doing it’s job better than any human. So what will happen when that is applied to porn?

The Telegraph tackles this question well:

“The launch of Pornhub by Fabian Thylmann created a pool of user-uploaded adult videos; to find the one that worked for them, users searched the database using the key words that matched their desires. This has resulted in porn being made to fit the specifications of popular search terms such as “Stepdaughter cheerleader orgy”. Gone are the ridiculous, if retrospectively innocent, VHS porn titles from the nineties like Route 69: Sandy Rides Again, with sex scenes embedded into awkwardly acted storylines. Now videos are a salad of search terms, one of the weirder effects being that female actors between 25 and 30 years old aren’t getting much work anymore – there’s simply no search term for them. And this is the problem. One tapped-in desire leads to another popular one being viewed, and searched for again, creating a feedback loop. Palettes become limited as algorithms shape desires. Most of us aren’t have sex with robots, but the type of sex we are having is being directed by them, and it’s going in the wrong direction.”

So the future of A.I. created pornography isn’t looking particularly bright. Devoid of creativity, or conscience, algorithms give you what they think you want – with no interest in broadening your perspectives, for a quick, hard sell. And when mainstream pornography and thus the source of all knowledge on the globe’s porn habits is dominated by incestuous, racist, homophobic, violent and misogynistic search terms, what would you expect an A.I. to do?

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