The Artifice Girl: A movie showing how an AI program could bait and trap predators


Movie description (fiction): “A team of special agents discovers a revolutionary new computer program to bait and trap online predators. After teaming up with the program’s troubled developer, they soon find that the AI is rapidly advancing beyond its original purpose.”

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“The Artifice Girl” is only ostensibly about protecting children or catching online predators. The theme of the movie has to do with when or if an AI becomes sentient and not just a collection of algorithms and data. I was also left wondering how deeply parents imprint their own insecurities, prejudices, fears and both positive and negative attributes on children.

I glanced at the article about the AI tool from Purdue that attempts to predict which online “predators” are most likely to be “contact offenders” to help law enforcement (LE) determine which cases need to be investigated first. I immediately had this image of the pre-crimes unit in the movie “Minority Report.” Given the moral panic surrounding sexual issues—particularly those involving children—and the fact that all laws have a gray area, it is nearly inevitable that these tools will be used to induce crimes out of mere curiosity or fantasy. This is like stings on steroids. My personal paranoia tells me that the tools will be used in all areas of LE to detect those most likely to offend and to prevent some future crime. That is actually not paranoia, since the article mentions using the technology in other genres of crime.

So now cops are going to charge people for seducing a robot. What is this world coming to?

This movie is just Hollywood cashing in on controversy, outrage and fear.

It’s right up there with “The Woodsman” with Kevin Bacon.

It all fits right into the “true crime” craze subset that has grown in popularity over years.