in spring In 2001, when I was just 18, I began my multi-year career as an Internet porn model and cam girl, giving paying clients access to my naked body in the form of weekly photo compilations and cam shows broadcast in the members sections of my paying sites. By today’s standards, the work I did was laughably low. Most of what I put out into the world was just still images. Even my camera demos only offered viewers the chance to see an image update every 15 seconds or so, essentially providing access to my slow-motion digital photobook. Over the course of three and a half years, I’ve only shot two videos – and one was completely silent, thanks to a malfunctioning microphone.
However, people still pay to see me naked. They have joined the websites they are designed for. They paid me directly for the specials to be shown on a dedicated link made available to them, and they are on their own. Apparently the nudity was enough to overcome any production value shortcomings: Pictures could be bad, blurry, or low-resolution, but as long as there were breasts available to view, I had a marketable product.
This also seems to be the takeaway for people in the AI porn camp. As image creators like Midjourney and DALL-E get better at producing realistic images of non-existent people, some have heralded the beginning of the end for sex workers. Real people porn? This is the case last year. On Twitter, a user named Alex Valaitis went viral after he tweeted an AI-generated photo of four women alongside a permit that by 2025, “more than half of OnlyFans’ top accounts will be AI-generated models secretly run by men.” another user Echo the sentiment, tweet “It’s Over,” with a gallery of four AI-generated images of women in barely-there bikinis.
Seasoned observers have noted that many AI fans seem to overlook glaring problems in the photos they have shared, including deformed hands, bikini tops that defy the laws of physics, and teeth that don’t look entirely human. But even if, or when, AI can overcome this hurdle and produce photorealistic erotic images that rival what you’d find in models’ OnlyFans accounts, the AI champions will discover that they were overly optimistic about the medium’s potential. .
This does not mean that no one will ever enjoy AI porn. After all, there are people who buy RealDolls, seemingly unfazed by the love dolls’ categorical refusal to come out of Uncanny Valley. Guys who enthusiastically post pictures of AI modelsUndeterred by their wonky teeth and other strange artificial intelligence, they may not be fooled by their enthusiasm for these artificial women. For people who don’t want to pay for porn, or who feel more comfortable masturbating in the image of someone who doesn’t exist, erotic artificial intelligence, with its ability to loop images endlessly at almost any time at all, might fill in a useful clue. prestige.
But the argument rarely seems to be that only some people would enjoy — let alone pay for — AI porn. The biggest boosters of erotica generated by artificial intelligence seem convinced they will be liked on the images produced by human sex workers, to the point of taking over the entire industry. They seem confident that the only thing anyone is looking for when they search for porn is a bunch of pixels roughly in the shape of a naked human being. But my own experience with sex work suggests otherwise — and today’s OnlyFans supermodels don’t seem particularly concerned about the scenario of artificial intelligence coming in for an income stream.