UK Government Scrutinizes AI’s Role in Adult Industry Amidst Technological Surge

Man in vr headset
Man in vr headset

Comprehensive Pornography Review Underway

In a decisive move to address the evolving landscape of the adult industry, the UK government has embarked on an extensive pornography review, with a new initiative zeroing in on the effects of artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. Initiated in July 2023, this review is broadening its scope to cover the increasing concerns over the potential misuse of AI in creating non-consensual explicit content.

Stakeholder Contributions Sought

With a deadline set for the 7th of March, 2024, the government is actively seeking input from a diverse range of stakeholders. Content creators, concerned parents, and law enforcement agencies are among those invited to offer their perspectives and experiences. These insights are intended to inform and shape future governmental policies and actions regarding the regulation of pornography.

Public Engagement a Priority

Gabrielle Bertin, the lead of the Pornography Review, emphasized the importance of direct engagement with industry insiders and the public to truly understand the prevailing sentiments towards current pornographic regulations. The inclusive approach aims to capture a broad spectrum of opinions, from concerned parents to industry professionals.

Alarming Rise in Non-Consensual AI Content

The expansion of the review is a response to alarming statistics reported by Wired, highlighting a 54% increase in non-consensual AI-generated content on deep fake porn sites from 2022 to the third quarter of 2023. This trend underscores the urgent need for updated regulations that can keep pace with technological advancements.

AI Pornography Predicted to Dominate Consumption

Daniel Faggella, head of research at Emerj, forecasts a future where AI-generated pornography constitutes over 90% of the content consumed by humans within five years. He suggests that the nature of adult content will radically change, offering experiences that extend far beyond the current understanding of pornography.

The Future of Pornography: An AI-Driven Experience

The adult industry is on the cusp of a revolution, with the potential to offer real-time, customizable AI-generated VR experiences complete with biofeedback mechanisms. Faggella paints a picture of an endless stream of content, meticulously tailored to individual preferences and designed to maintain user engagement at peak levels.

Government’s Regulatory Mission

In response to these rapid technological developments, the UK government’s objective is to ensure that pornography legislation and regulation are robust and adaptable. The goal is to create a consistent framework that adequately governs all forms of pornographic content, both current and emerging, to protect individuals and maintain ethical standards in the industry.

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