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Your content is almost certainly being used by Adobe to train AI

Recently, news stories have focused on the intersection of art and artificial intelligence, but not in the context of robots creating masterpieces.

Instead, Adobe’s content analysis policy has come under fire. Users on social media have drawn attention to how Adobe, the creator of Photoshop, may be using the data stored on its servers for the purpose of artificial intelligence training.

As a result, a rush of users started cataloguing methods to secure privacy settings across the Creative Cloud and Document Cloud suite of products. The creators of the free sketching programme Krita chimed in on the Twitterstorm, calling Adobe’s behaviour “ew.”

Data mining using Adobe

There was a backlash on the internet once Adobe started collecting data on content analysis without first requiring users to opt in.

A snapshot of the new option reads, “Adobe may analyse your content using methods like as machine learning to develop and enhance our products and services.” You have the option to opt out of content analysis at any moment if you do not want Adobe to use your files in the development and improvement of our services. There are very specific cases in which this preference does not apply.

If artists don’t take precautions to disable this feature, their creations may be exploited without their knowledge to teach computers new tasks.

It’s important to note that this isn’t a brand-new rule. The original version of this content may be seen on the Frequently Asked Questions page. On that page, the firm provides more details by saying:

Adobe’s machine learning capabilities are largely used in the company’s Creative Cloud and Document Cloud services. The term “machine learning” refers to a branch of AI in which “a computer system utilises algorithms to analyse and learn from data in order to draw conclusions from patterns and make predictions without human involvement.”

In recent years, Adobe’s artificial intelligence products have been quite successful. Adobe Sensei is integrated into all of Adobe’s products, from Acrobat to Premiere Pro, and it improves the quality of outputs across an easier-to-use suite of creative tools.

Maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but user-generated material is Sensei’s bread and butter. This involves processing the structural aspects of PDFs and submitting them to Adobe Stock, Adobe Express, and Lightroom.

After hearing the complaints, Adobe reiterated its long-standing principle that consumers are in charge of their own data by saying in several publications that users may change their privacy settings at any time. That’s OK with me.