The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette recently reported police have charged an Amity man with possessing child sexual abuse material — some of which may have been generated through artificial intelligence.

The article says AI-generated child sex abuse material is not against state law, but in 2001 the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 1496 addressing computer exploitation of a child.

The law generally makes it a felony to produce or reproduce child sexual abuse material “by computerized means.”

At the time there was serious discussion about how computers and computer software could be used to manufacture child sexual abuse material.

Of course, in 2001 very few people could have imagined the artificial intelligence technology that exists today, but lawmakers recognized the need to address the issue — and Family Council supported the good law they passed.

As technology changes and artificial intelligence advances, lawmakers likely will need to enact new legislation to protect children.

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