Microsoft has taken steps to enhance the security of its free artificial intelligence image generation tool, Designer, after explicit Taylor Swift deepfakes were created using the application without the artist’s consent.
Following the revelation that the deepfakes originated from the forum 4chan and a Telegram channel, Microsoft has implemented a security patch to limit Designer’s ability to create generic images. While it has not been confirmed that the Taylor Swift images in question were generated using this tool, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has committed to strengthening security in the company’s AI systems to prevent the creation of harmful content.
In a related incident, a Microsoft engineer named Shane Jones raised an alert about a vulnerability in OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 platform, which would allow the generation of violent and sexual deepfakes similar to those of Taylor Swift. In the absence of a response from OpenAI and Microsoft, Jones filed a complaint with Capitol Hill, calling for the creation of a system to report and track vulnerabilities in AI systems.
In response to this, Microsoft stated that their researchers did not find the techniques reported by Jones to be capable of evading the security filters. Additionally, the company announced the implementation of an internal reporting platform for employees to express their concerns about AI models before making them public.
The advancement of artificial intelligence technology has enabled the creation of increasingly realistic deepfakes, making it crucial for companies to implement effective security measures to prevent their misuse. Protecting privacy and combating false content are significant challenges that need to be addressed in the current landscape of AI threats. Microsoft is demonstrating its commitment by implementing enhanced security measures and listening to its employees’ concerns regarding their AI models.
– Deepfakes: AI-generated manipulations of images or videos to create realistic but fake content.
– AI: Artificial Intelligence, the ability of machines to perform tasks that would typically require human intelligence.
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