The speed at which Artificial Intelligence programs have entered the mainstream of late is staggering. From image generations like MidJourney and Lensa, to the recent release of ChatGPT, an AI-driven text generator that has staggering abilities already (such as the near-instantaneous composition of a hilarious song about the dangers of marrying an Australian), the implications of what it means to use these programs is only just beginning to dawn on us.
While the specific ethics of using these programs are still very much in development (and debate)- as I addressed in this recent article- the broader challenges that this kind of technology presents must also be examined. Let’s look at a few examples.
The Ethics of AI Generated Art
Chances are you’ve already seen the headline (or some variation thereof):
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Biases
I did an experiment with Midjourney to produce basic images around certain jobs. For example, I asked it to produce images of a doctor. These were the results:
Then I asked it to produce images of a nurse, with these results:
So then I tried producing images of a CEO:
And, as you might have guessed, I them prompted it to produce images of a secretary:
I even went so far as to pick something more generic, choosing “leadership”: