Policymakers must pay attention to new and concerning threats: bad actors abusing AI to put real people in sexually explicit situations, including minors.
Carl Szabo is vice president and general counsel for NetChoice, and professor of internet law at the George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School.
This criminal use of AI tools is not just reprehensible; it could destroy a person’s life and dignity. There is currently a gap in the law addressing such conduct that may allow bad actors to go free, and policymakers need to address it now to ensure the culprits can be appropriately held to account.
Hundreds of laws already make illegal many of the ways bad actors can abuse AI tools. If AI is used to commit fraud, we have laws against fraud. The same is true for using AI for illegal discrimination, and the list goes on.