A JAPANESE MAN IS UNDER ARREST FOR USING AI TO UNBLUR JAPANESE PORN MOVIES
So I don’t watch porn. Seriously! So I’ll just have to relate what I know from those who do. And I’ve heard a lot of, well, frustration about a lot of porn movies that come from Japan. It seems, that yes, the movies show sex. But unfortunately, they blur out all the little itty bitty details. Like, when people parts touch and all. I can totally understand how that could be frustrating! If I watched porn, of course. But someone out there decided to do something about it. And to make a buck, of course. He used AI to unblur a number of Japanese porn movies. And for his trouble, he’s under arrest?
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FIRST CRIMINAL CASE INVOLVING DEEPFAKE TECH, YET UNBLUR KING HAD AN OBVIOUS IDEA
I’m really not sure what to make of this case, aside from the obvious copyright issues. The under arrest 43-year-old man used AI (artificial intelligence for the acronym challenged) to literally unblur the blurred pixels of the most interesting sights in these porn movies. His arrest makes this the 1st criminal case of deep fake technology. Or, rather, the unblurring of Japanese porn films. Sure, he “manipulated” more than 10,000 films. But he only made about $96,000 doing them. That’s less than a grand each! Yet somehow, I suspect many porn consumers would consider that a public service.
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UNBLUR DEEPFAKE ENTREPRENEUR VIOLATED JAPANESE LAWS SHOWING ANY GENITALIA AT ALL
The unblur king is one Masayuki Nakamoto. He runs his own website in Hyogo, Japan. He took the images of Japanese porn stars and then doctored them with AI, the same technology people have been using swapping faces in deepfake videos. Yet Nakamoto didn’t swap faces, he merely used the tech to unblur, or reconstruct the hazy sections using a big collection of uncensored images of genitals he found online. It sounds pretty innocuous, sure. But the very reason they were blurred in the first place is Japanese law forbids the depictions of genitalia.
So it’s not the sex. It’s the franks, beans and donuts. Personally, I think it’s a shame. Or I would if I watch any porn, that is.