Incident 423: Lensa AI's Produced Unintended Sexually Explicit or Suggestive "Magic Avatars" for Women

Description: Lensa AI's "Magic Avatars" were reportedly generating sexually explicit and sexualized features disproportionately for women and Asian women despite not submitting any sexual content.


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Alleged: Lensa AI , Stability AI , Runway , LAION , EleutherAI and CompVis LMU developed an AI system deployed by Lensa AI, which harmed women using Lensa AI and Asian women using Lensa AI.

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‘Magic Avatar’ App Lensa Generated Nudes From My Childhood Photos · 2022

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The viral AI avatar app Lensa undressed me—without my consent · 2022

Stability.AI, the company that developed Stable Diffusion, launched a new version of the AI model in late November. A spokesperson says that the original model was released with a safety filter, which Lensa does not appear to have used, as …

Lensa’s viral AI art creations were bound to hypersexualize users · 2022

This year, it feels like artificial intelligence-generated art has been everywhere.

In the summer, many of us entered goofy prompts into DALL-E Mini (now called Craiyon), yielding a series of nine comedically janky AI-generated images. But …


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