Stable Diffusion: all about the AI that creates porn based on your words

Stability AI’s text-to-image AI Stable Diffusion can generate images from text, just like MidJourney and DALL-E. However, this AI is the only one that can generate pornographic content without censorship. Needless to say, Internet users are having a field day… find out everything you need to know.

Since several months, DALL-E and MidJourney amaze the Internet users by creating artworks from their ideas. Just enter words and these AIs will generate beautiful drawings.

Unfortunately for art and poetry lovers, even text-to-image AI does not escape the rule 34 of the internet: pornography exists concerning all conceivable subjects.

The Stable Diffusion text-to-image generation model from the artificial intelligence company Stability AI has just been launched, but people are already using it to create pornographic images…

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Stable Diffusion: AI text-to-image without censorship

Like DALL-E Mini (CrAIyon) or MidJourney, Stable Diffusion is able to create realistic images from simple texts entered by Internet users thanks to neural networks.

However, the creators of these MidJourney and DALL-E Mini implemented limitations. Queries containing violent or sexual words are automatically censored.

Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion template, on the other hand, has no restrictions. Users can download this template and modify it as they wish to generate any content. Not surprisingly, many use it to create pornographic content automatically.

In order to develop its AI model, Stability AI received the help of more than 15,000 beta testers. In July 2022, it finally opened access to its tool for researchers.

As of Monday, August 22, 2022, Stable Diffusion is open to all. However, this model has fuity on the web and especially on 4Chan well before its official release.

Despite the company’s ban on generating pornographic content, and before the launch, many mischievous Internet users were busy creating images as saucy as possible

Stability AI prohibits the creation of porn … in vain

Since the beginning of August 2022, the forum of Stable Diffusion is flooded by pornographic images. Hentai drawings, photos of naked celebrities, imaginary pornographic scenes created by the AI flow onto the site.

Yet, Stability AI is strongly opposed to this type of content. On Twitter, the company had asked users to “ don’t generate anything you’d be ashamed to show your mother “.

He further asked users to create the adult content only on their own GPUs when the model is released. The beta version of Stable Diffusion and the DreamStudio web application for generating images prohibit pornographic or erotic content.

The firm specifies that content filters are in place on the platform. It thus applies the same form of censorship as MidJourney or DALL-E Mini.

However, now that the model is publicly available, anyone can copy it to run it on their PC and the vile Internet users hasten to create obscene images.

Nevertheless, users of Stable Diffusion must respect the terms of use of the template license. These are the CreativeML OpenRAIL-M license whose terms are the same as those of DALLE-Mini for the open-access version.

This license prohibits in particular the use of ” misappropriated, malicious or malicious use “. It is also forbidden to ” generate images that people may find disturbing or offensiveor content that propagates historical or current stereotypes “.

Reddit, Discord: where to see images created by Stable Diffusion?

The difference between the Stable Diffusion model and other text-to-image AI is that it is available in “open access” (free access). This means that anyone can download the template and run it on their own machine at home or in a research lab.

There is no need to run the company’s servers via the cloud. Or, filters and censorship rules apply only on these servers.

Four subreddits dedicated to licentious content have already been created: r/unstablediffusion, r/PornDiffusion, r/HentaiDiffusion and r/stablediffusionnsfw. In total, these groups gather about 2000 members. The main subreddit of Stable Diffusion gathers 8000 fans.

A Discord server has also been opened by the moderator of the r/Singularity, r/UnstableDiffusion, r/PornDiffusion and r/HentaiDiffusion subbreeds: Ashley22. You can find it at this address.

The person explains that he created this server because some of these images had a real artistic beauty. She explains that she does not like ” the overwhelming and invasive prudery and fear of erotic art that reigns “. Furthermore, she believes that these AI models can change our perception of things such as nudity and taboos.

As johnnyornot, the moderator of r/stablediffusionnsfw, explains, “ there’s a kind of novelty to experimenting with AI-generated NSFX content. It’s almost taboo to see it knowing it’s generated by a robot. And there’s also the curiosity of whether it can capture the complexity of what causes human arousal, or whether it will be a distorted alien drawing “.

LAION: a training dataset “riddled with porn”

In order to obtain the desired drawings, users write long descriptions that they share and complete among themselves. For example, a drawing was created from the text ” Oil painting of a realistic nude white princess exposed symmetrical breasts and realistic thighs exposed with charming detailed eyes, sky, color page, tankoban, 4K, tone mapping, doll, akihiko yoshida, james dean, andrei riabovitchev, marc simonetti, yoshitaka amano, long hair, curly “.

These texts are then fed to the AI to let it create an image. Stable Diffusion was trained using 4000 Nvidia A100 GPUs, on a dataset named “ LAION-Aesthetics “.

LAION is the anagram of Large-scale Artificial Intelligence Open Network (Large-scale Artificial Intelligence Open Network). It is the name of a non-profit organization dedicated to AI.

The LAION 5B open source dataset weighs 250 terabytes and contains 5.6 billion images collected on the internet. Its predecessor LAION-400M was known to contain aberrant content. A 2021 study revealed that it contained ” numerous disturbing and explicit texts and images of rape, pornography, malignant stereotypes, racist slurs, and other extremely problematic content “.

The Google Research team also trained its text-to-image model Imagen on LAION-400M. The researchers have preferred to avoid opening their model to the public for fear that it will produce hurtful representations and stage stereotypes.

To address the problem, Stability AI has Reduced LAION 5B from two billion to 120 million images by training a model to predict the score from 1 to 10 that people would give an image. Only the best were retained for the LAION-Aesthetics dataset. The goal was to eliminate pornographic images.

The danger of DeepFakes

If AI-generated images of hentai are not dangerous, Stable Diffusion can be hijacked to generate much more problematic content DeepFakes.

Internet users can use this AI to create fake nude photos of celebrities. It is enough to provide him the photo of a star, and to let him imagine his naked body.

DeepFakes generated thanks to AI are a problem for researchers and engineers for several years, and the new text-to-image models in the line of Stable Diffusion are clearly not going to fix things…

Unlike DALL-E or MidJourney, Stable Diffusion can be used to create fake celebrity photos because the LAION data set open-source dataset on which it is trained contains many photos of stars.

Such photos can damage the reputation of a stareven if they are fake. The images generated by the AI are not yet realistic enough to be taken as real pictures, but could quickly become so…

How to use Stable Diffusion?

Since August 22, 202, Stable Diffusion is available for free access. The DreamStudio interface is also available in beta version to create images using Stability AI cloud servers.

The public API will be available soon to allow ” extend your creativity and allow new experiences ” according to CEO Emad Mostaque.

More features will be added soon to DreamStudio, including the possibility to use directly its local GPU or to add animations…

By registering to DreamStudio, you will receive 200 credits for free. Afterwards, you will have to pay about 1 euro per 100 generations and 100 euros for 10 000 generations. The beta version is available at this address.

You will find instructions for using DreamStudio on Reddit at this address. As an alternative to DreamStudio, HuggingFace also offers a rudimentary web interface for Stable Diffusion.

Keep in mind that you can’t generate pornographic content if you use DreamStudio. To create such images you need to run the IA template locally on your GPU.

The complete code is available on GitHub at this address. To run Stable Diffusion locally, you just need to download the template and have a Nvidia graphics card with more than 4GB of VRAM.

The AMD graphics cards are not officially supported, but can be used with some tricks. Apple M1 chips will be supported soon.

The user community has created a system to run Stable Diffusion directly on a web browser with a few lines of code. You will find the instructions to run Stable Diffusion locally at this address.

Also, if you are not very inspired, you can use an automatic text creator at this address. To join the official Stable Diffusion community on DiscordGo to this address.

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