REDDIT ACCOUNT SELLING NUDES OF 19-YEAR-OLD CLAUDIA IS REAL, BUT THE PICTURES ARE ALL AI
AI is everywhere these days. It’s used to automate all sorts of things, from editing the pictures and videos on your phones to making it easy for phone scammers to clone voices on fake emergency calls. And those are only a few examples out of the myriad. But I wasn’t quite expecting this last example. Not quite yet. Two computer science students created an account on Reddit to sell nudes of a totally fake woman, Claudia. The supposed 19-year-old enticing strangers to buy nude pictures of her is totally an AI creation. In other words, she’s fake, and that’s the naked truth.
AT FIRST THE IDEA WAS A JOKE, BUT CLAUDIA NUDES ARE STILL WIDELY RECEIVED
The two computer science students who put this together did so as a lark, after reading about one Reddit user who scammed $500 out of people selling nude pictures of real women. If a fake account selling nudes of real, actual and other women pulled in some nice and real money from suckers, what would a totally fake account generated by AI selling also generated Claudia nudes pull in? So they set to find out, curious about the market of willing rubes. At first, they made about $100 selling the AI nudes before other Reddit users called them out about the fake account.
CLAUDIA AI-GENERATED NUDES WILL OPEN THE DOOR TO ANOTHER MICRO INDUSTRY OF PORN
But when it comes to the consumption of nudes, a lot of folks don’t seem to mind that they aren’t really real. And the two computer science students are still sharing images of Claudia on other subreddits to see how they are received. What started out as a lark and partial joke now has a life of its own, so to speak. You could call it an ethnographic case study of the porn market on Reddit delivered with AI. Or you could call it a simple joke, and lament how real people don’t mind connecting to fake ones. But no matter what you think, it’s opened the door to what will surely be other ventures of fake AI naked personas after Claudia.
The two students weren’t expecting quite this level of response, saying, “We honestly didn’t think it would get this much traction.”