Time for a @SarahJamieLewis style "I'm still thinking about this" thread continuation.
CAN ALGORITHMS HAVE A SEXUAL ORIENTATION?
Not that it stops anyone else, but believe it or not, I get self-conscious sometimes.
But in the thread on using abstract data of women to make the ideal blowjob, I realized something.
It just says 109 hours of "AAA" porn.
I fully expect to see this interface in the next iOS/macOS release next year.
But that's not what you're reading this for. Oh no.
So now it's time for everyone's favorite critical conjecture...
BUT WHAT IF IT'S NOT?
(I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU.)
Starting with context. So we're makin' a blowjob algorithm, using porn. How do we state the orientation of the algorithm? Is it a heterosexual algorithm if it's only heterosexual porn? Is it gay if it's only gay porn?
To make this more understandable, let's go back to something most everyone has seen: A stop sign.
(This is the point where I realize I should've researched stop sign internationalization before making this point so bear with me while I try to salvage this)
The context of what the car was trained for matters in the terms it's being used in. If it's taken out of that context, things will go wrong, and in the case of the car, kill a person.
We hope that if a Blowjob AI is trained incorrectly, it doesn't kill anyone. (Ok we hope that in reality but I would absolutely watch a horror porn parody about this. cc @wood_rocket)
But what DOES go wrong?
We're given some data that says "This is a good blowjob", much like the car was given data that says "this is a stop sign".
We're put in an environment of using that data and hoping for the best.
Probably not, the data is low fidelity and looking at the insides of the NN's that generated it will just show you Deepdream Blowjobs.
No one wants to see Deepdream Blowjobs.
What does this mean for algorithmic consent?
If I'm staunchly of one orientation, and I unknowingly use a dataset trained on another orientation, what does that mean for me in terms of consent?
The movie, having auditory and visual aspects, provides the context for user consent. Don't want het stuff? Don't use het movies. The end.
If we don't consent to the type of porn the movement was made from, how do we deal with that?
PAY SEX WORKERS.
We as humans haven't really done much to deal with how ML trained in mass by other humans is acted on us. So we're gonna have some fuckin' tabloid freakouts about algosex pretty soon, I reckon.
There are probably more than 37 blowjobs in 109 hours of blowjob videos.
MASS POLYGAMY VIA TECHNOLOGY.
There's already all kinds of sex worker social stratification to begin with, and most of the data will come from them.
I work in sex tech, so as I ended the last thread with, this is as much me thinking out loud as it is doing some "starting a dialog" bullshit.
But at least I tweeted a bunch?
At least, those of you that haven't muted my chatty ass over the last 2 days.