Alarm Bells Go Off Over AI Use in Adult-Entertainment Industry

The first cyber brothel in the world is set to launch its services later this month in Berlin. This comes after a successful test phase that allow customers to verbally and physically interact with the artificial intelligence dolls for one hour.

Cybrothel owner and founder, Philipp Fussenegger, stated that many individuals would be more comfortable discussing private matters with a machine because it wouldn’t judge them. He revealed that prior to this, a lot of interest centered on a doll with a voice actress where consumers could interact with the doll and hear the voice.

Now, he noted, the demand was even higher for interactions with AI.

This is one of the many ways that generative artificial intelligence is being used by the adult-entertainment industry. A recently conducted analysis determined that companion apps based on AI had surpassed 220 million downloads on Google Play Store.

The analysis was conducted by SplitMetrics, with general manager Thomas Kriebernegg noting that he expected more application developers to pay attention to this trend and find ways to further monetize and innovate the category.

Misha Rykov, a privacy researcher with the Privacy Not Included guide under Mozilla, stated that artificial intelligence companions can be profitable. Rykov explains that this is a high-margin business that allows proprietors to impose fees without having to develop the core tech. These applications also gather personal data and share it with third parties, which is a reliable business model.

Despite these positives, however, the merger of the adult-entertainment industry and artificial intelligence has raised concerns. One issue lies in the bias in generative artificial intelligence, which bases new content on data it was trained on.

A senior research fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence, Dr. Kerry McInerney, stated that there is a risk that regressive gender stereotypes about pleasure and sex can be encoded in the applications. McInerney noted that it was important that the data sets used to train these chatbots were well understood to prevent the replication of ideas about sex that ignored sex which occurred outside of heterosexual relations and demeaned female pleasure.

Rykov also highlighted the risk of addiction to chatbots, noting that their primary target was lonely individuals, particularly men. He revealed that analyses conducted had found that most of these chatbots had high addictive potential and possible harms, particularly to those with mental-health issues.

Mozilla has already included content warning to several chatbots, having observed themes of violence, underage relationships and abuse.

Other parties also highlight the effect these artificial-intelligence chatbots could have on relationships in the real world, with one senior practice consultant noting that issues may arise if actual encounters don’t correspond to AI experiences. The consultant, Tamara Hoyton, adds that porn based on AI may put users in dangerous situations.

Apart from the adult-entertainment industry, AI from entities such as Inc. (NYSE: AI) is making inroads into various verticals within the business landscape. Such technologies are helping businesses improve their engagement with customers while also powering revenue growth.

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