Just five days after its launch, a tool that protects artists’ works against artificial intelligence has already been downloaded more than 250,000 times. Nightshade is the latest weapon to try to prevent the exploitation of protected works without the consent of their authors.
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A quarter of a million is the number of downloads of the new software Nightshade in just five days. This figure is all the more impressive as the program in question is only aimed at artists. Nightshade is the latest invention from a group of researchers from the University of Chicago in the United States. The software imperceptibly modifies the images to make them unusable for training artificial intelligences such as Midjourney, Dall-E or Stable DiffusionDiffusion.
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The researchers had already published a previous software called Glazewhich works similarly, but changes the stylestyle of the image as seen by the AI to prevent it from learning the artist’s personal style. This time, the researchers went further by creating a tool that modifies the image so that the AI identifies the subject as very different. So, instead of seeing a chienchien, the AI will identify a cat. A cowcow in a meadow will look to the AI like a handbag placed in the grass.
Artificial intelligence trained on these poisoned images will behave unpredictable and will ultimately be unusable. And simply cutting out or adding a filter to the image is not enough to undo the protection. The software modifies more than 80% of the pixels. The goal of researchers is not so much to poison AIs, but rather to force their owners to obtain the consent of artists before exploiting their works. However, they did not expect such enthusiasm.
« I expected great enthusiasmdeclared to VentureBeat Ben Zhao, project manager Nightshade and professor of computer science at the University of Chicago. Despite everything, I underestimated the extent of it… The response is beyond anything we had imagined. According to the reactions on the social networkssocial networksdownloads come from all over the world. »
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