Fake Pictures Of Teens Highlight The Dangers Of Unchecked AI

(NationalUSNews.com) — Four high school-aged New Jersey teens are victims of fake nudes created by artificial intelligence, which circulated in various group chats among their peers. The incident is sparking a national discourse about the dangers surrounding artificially generated content and how it will victimize innocent children and mislead the general public through the highly controversial “deep fakes.”

The incident occurred at Westfield High, but the images began circulating in the summer before the academic year. The principal of Westfield informed parents after being informed about the fake images, but so far, any potential ramifications haven’t been disclosed to the general public. The incident is the latest instance of individuals using AI generation to develop explicit content, sparking nationwide fears that bad actors will use people’s likenesses to create pornographic material without consent. According to alarming statistics, the amount of deep fake pornographic material increased by more than 54% in 2023, a disturbing trend that will likely continue in the following years.

While the use of AI generation to develop pornographic material is concerning, some are using AI to create fake videos or audio clips of other people to villainize them or mislead the general public. One such incident occurred earlier this year when students at one school created a fake video of their principal engaging in racist remarks, which professionals determined was fake.

Police are actively investigating the fake nudes of the teens, but authorities failed to find any indication regarding the person responsible for the explicit material. The incident came as the Biden Administration announced a new artificial intelligence task force and Congress discussed the possibility of regulating AI to prevent further harm.

Certain states, like Michigan, are enacting legislation to prevent deep-fake-use by political campaigns, likely to prevent the spread of misinformation and election interference by the parties involved. The legislation will require deep-faked political ads to feature a disclaimer informing audiences that the footage before them isn’t real. The need for legislation is concerning to lawmakers, who fear that weaponized deep fakes can be used to call for acts of violence or even war on behalf of world leaders.

Michigan’s legislation is likely the first in an extensive wave of policy meant to prevent harm from deep fakes, such as those that affected the girls from Westfield High School.

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