3️⃣ AI Ethics with Lauren
We saw from DALLE that its generations turned memes that were often focused on a fictional character that would be well represented in the final product, due to an abundance of consistent training data. Now, that could be achieved with your own camera roll!
Using your own images would offer tons of benefits and potential ethical benefits. Since current mainstream social media is so focused on displays of wealth, this would help generate images without expending the actual resources to take the photo. While this use case would only perpetuate this negative aspect of social media, the resources saved from not flying on a private plane to a remote island would be a significant benefit.
On the thread of social media, it is already a challenge that images of people are often retouched and these alterations are not disclosed, leading to a false sense of reality and distorted perception of the self. This is a huge problem for kids and teens who may be more vulnerable to the impressions of these images, harming their personal development. For personalized AI-generated images, a good safeguard would be to require disclosure that these images have been altered to avoid misleading the audience, just as some countries have required of companies’ social media marketing materials. This measure would take the wind out of the sails of the person faking a private plane trip, but reducing misinformation is a worthy cost.
We also have to be careful what fake words we use to label sets of images. Depending on who is choosing this word, personal bias may leak into their one-word descriptions of a set of images and may potentially create misinformation. For example, a friend of mine doesn’t like whales, and she would likely label a whale image set with a negative word when whales are usually positively associated. This might work for her purposes, but would not apply to those of us who love whales (and are right). You can see how this would become dubious when applied to more sensitive topics than sea life!
Overall, this technology is definitely the next step in the evolution of image generation and how we create content. The best way to move forward in this direction is to implement safeguards to avoid the magnification of current infosphere problems.
- AI Ethics segment by Lauren Keegan