As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology continues to evolve, new applications emerge that change the way we live and work. Among these applications is image generation, a field that has seen significant development in recent years. With the proliferation of AI-powered image generators, it has become easier than ever to create realistic and lifelike images with just a few clicks of a button. But what happens when these tools fall into the wrong hands? In this article, we explore the journey of one creator who developed his own AI image generator, and the concerns and ethical dilemmas that emerged as a result.
In the past, Prisma was the go-to AI image editing app, but since then, we have made significant progress in the realm of AI-generated images with the likes of DALL-E and Midjourney. Though these AI generators have made it far more accessible for everyone to create art and deepfakes, there are limitations to their novelty. As an introvert who enjoys having pictures of myself in various locations I may never visit, I searched for an AI tool to create images of myself. However, I did not want to upload my images to random websites with the hope of getting good results. That’s when I discovered Dreambooth – a tool that utilizes Stable Diffusion to train AI models online through Google Colab notebooks, free of charge. All I needed to do was upload a few pictures of myself, and the rest was straightforward.
Though training your own AI image generator may seem like a daunting task, most guides available online make it a much simpler process than anticipated. It entails starting up a Colab notebook, uploading your pictures, and beginning the model training process. The default values worked just fine for me, and I spent little time on optimizing my results. Despite my lower efforts, the results were impressive. Though the images weren’t perfect and didn’t look entirely like me, they were close enough.
While Dreambooth and Stable Diffusion are great tools when used ethically, it raises ethical concerns as there are no real safeguards to prevent their misuse. Misinformation, misrepresentation, and even revenge porn are potential uses of deepfakes. Furthermore, anyone can use AI technology without proper training or knowledge. This has led to an increase in deepfake videos and media online. We need to figure out ways to make sure that AI technology is used ethically.
In conclusion, creating an AI image generator can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, the potential consequences of its use should not be ignored. As technology advances, it is crucial that we consider the ethics and impact of our creations on society. While it may be tempting to push the boundaries of what we can achieve, we must also consider the implications of such advancements. As a society, we must work together to ensure that our technological advancements are used for the greater good and not at the expense of individual privacy, security, and well-being. Let us continue to use these tools responsibly and purposefully to create a brighter future for all.