…like the influencers accused of blackfishing, Wilson is able to dodge any blame with his Whiteness. Using Shudu as a surrogate, Wilson is able to exploit her Blackness while lining his pockets. Wilson could have created anyone he wanted and chose to create a dark-skinned Black woman. With all considered, the move seems odd, taunting, and distributing. To modify one’s own features to feign Blackness is one thing, but to create a model for monetary gain is a completely separate beast.
To claim that a white man is “exploiting the blackness” of an AI model is frankly absurd to say the least. Shudu is a work of art! She is a digital lifelike painting. How can you claim that this is “digital blackface”. The outrage machine never stops. We are going to see more AI models everyday now. And not just black ones, but Asian, white, and maybe even of the alien variety.
The job loss will be inevitable. AI will shake up industries like never before. We humans are just going to have to be that much more creative and find other things to do that can’t be displaced as easily.