Is AI ready to explore the realm of the risque? OpenAI, the minds behind ChatGPT and the DALL-E image generator, is sparking debate with the possibility of allowing users to create "not-safe-for-work" (NSFW) content with its tools.

While the company emphasizes its continued ban on deepfakes, even in adult contexts, some worry this move clashes with OpenAI's mission of "safe and beneficial" AI.

The proposal, outlined in a recent document, ponders the possibility of users and developers responsibly generating content deemed NSFW. This could encompass "erotica, extreme violence, slurs, and unsolicited profanity," according to OpenAI.

Striking a Balance: Sex, Safety, and Society

OpenAI seeks to understand user and societal expectations regarding AI-generated content in this realm. The aim, according to Joanne Jang, a model lead at OpenAI, is to initiate a conversation on the potential for erotic text and nudity within their AI products.

"We prioritize user control, as long as it adheres to legal and ethical boundaries," Jang explains. "Deepfakes, however, are a firm no-go. This doesn't mean we're aiming to create AI porn, but the definition itself is part of the discussion we want to have."

Beyond Porn: Exploring Sexuality Responsibly

OpenAI clarifies, through a spokesperson, that their focus isn't on creating pornography. They prioritize child safety and maintain strong safeguards against deepfakes. However, they acknowledge the importance of exploring conversations about sexuality in appropriate contexts.

The line between erotica and pornography is a point of contention. As The Guardian clarifies, erotica refers to artistic depictions of sexual activity intended to arouse viewers.

The Ethical Tightrope

Introducing sexually explicit content presents a precarious situation, argues Tiffany Li, a law professor specializing in deepfakes. The potential harm, she suggests, could outweigh the benefits. While exploring artistic and educational uses is commendable, Li emphasizes the need for extreme caution.

OpenAI's exploration of NSFW content ignites a critical discussion. Can AI navigate the complexities of sexuality while prioritizing safety and responsible creation? Only time – and open dialogue – will tell.