In May 2022, Google’s online platform “Colaboratory (Colab)” which can execute Python code directly through a browser was found to have secretly added a ban on the use of computing resources for deepfake creation.
This is seen as a response to the increasing use of AI-based technology to create fake videos and images, which can have far-reaching implications for security, political stability, and social trust. Google’s decision to ban the use of Colab for deepfake creation may set a precedent for other companies and platforms that offer similar services.
Google Colab is an online computing resource that allows users to run Python code directly in their web browser. Powered by free GPUs, Colab is perfect for training machine learning models like deepfakes, or for performing data analysis.
This Ban comes as deepfakes are increasingly being used for unethical purposes, such as creating fake news or revenge. Google wants to distance itself from these uses of the technology, and so has decided to ban deepfake creation on its platform.
However, some users are worried that this ban could be used to stifle creativity and research into deepfake technology. What do you think about Google’s decision? Let us know in the comments below.