It might be a good time to study law. Or copyright law, at least. Researchers have released a study that proves that AI image generators can and do, copy existing images that they’ve ‘looked at’ during the machine learning process. This means that there is a chance that anything spat out by the software could be an exact replica of a copyrighted image.
This debunks the favorite argument that AI machines are no different from humans’ learning processes and that everything they sample is merely ‘inspiration’ to create something new. This appears to not be the case, according to the study. Although it is relatively rare at the moment, the researchers predict that with time it could become a greater problem.