Midjourney’s AI image generator ends its free trial due to ‘extraordinary abuse’

Midjourney has ended the free use of its services AI image generator After people used the tool to create high-profile deepfakes. David Holz, CEO on Discord Due to “extraordinary demands and trial abuse,” the company will end all free trials. Holz claims that new safeguards are not sufficient to protect against misuse during trial periods. The technology will require that you pay $10 per month for use.

As The Washington Post explainsMidjourney has been the center of unwelcome attention in recent weeks. The company’s AI was used by users to create deepfakes Donald Trump. being Pope Francis arrested wearing Trendy coat. Although the photos were quickly deemed fake, there is concern that bad actors may use Midjourney or OpenAI’s. DALL-E Using similar generators to spread misinformation.

Midjourney admitted that they had difficulties establishing content policies. Holz in 2022 justified a ban of images of Chinese leader Xi Jinping. He explained to Discord users that his team was only interested in “minimizing drama” and that having access to China was more important than allowing satirical contents. Holz spoke out on Wednesday to users about his difficulties in setting content policies due to the AI’s ability for realistic imagery. Midjourney hopes to improve AI moderation, which screens for abuses, said the founder.

Developers have taken to strict measures to avoid incidents. OpenAI for example, prohibits images of current political events, conspiracies, and politicians. It also prohibits hatred, violence, and sexuality. Others, however, have somewhat loose guidelines. Stable Diffusion users won’t be able to use Stability AI. copy styles or make not-safe-for-work picturesHowever, it doesn’t usually dictate what people can do.

AI image production is not just about misleading content. There are also long-standing concerns that the pictures are stolenBecause they often refer to existing images, Some companies use existing images as reference points. embracing AI art In their products, they also include plenty of hesitation Fears of unwanted attention from companies

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