Will the tech industry ever have AI that can recognize porn?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

Tumblr has decided to delete all porn. They are going after images that are clearly not porn:

I’m curious if Tumblr is using AI, or if they are using humans to delete these images? If AI, why is the AI always so terrible? Why does the tech industry talk about breakthroughs in AI, yet actual use of AI tends to be absurd? This story would be a bit more familiar if the deleting is being done by humans, especially if the new ownership of Tumblir is motivated by religious or traditional ideology. In that case it is simply a traditionalist crackdown, of the time that humans have seen a zillion times before.

There is also the question of whether this actually or crackdown on porn, or whether the real target is the LGBQT community. this-chick-digs-chicks was at first optimistic, then changed her mind:

She also offered a few more examples:

It’ll be curious to look back at this, a year from now, to see the fallout.

Is Tumblr going after pro-anna blogs?

Is Tumblr going after alt-right blogs?

Is Tumblr going after dishonest health blogs?

If Tumblr simply gets rid of the LGBQT community, but keeps other communities, then Tumblr becomes a worse place, and the Internet becomes a worse place.

Back in the 1990s, I was very idealistic about the Internet. I thought it would be a force for good. Nowadays it mostly seems to be a force for evil. I am heartbroken about this. And yet, there are many cases, such as this one, where the evil does not arise from anything inherent in the Internet, but rather, it arises from the decisions particular individuals are making as they gain power over some of the important sites, such as Tumblr. They are making decisions to make these sites worse than they were before.

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