Your child may already be watching AI-generated videos on YouTube


Neither yes! Neither Neo nor Super Crazy Kids responded to WIRED's request for comment.

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Yes! Neo, Super Crazy Kids and other similar channels share a similar look – they feature 3D animation in a similar style to YouTube's most popular children's channel in the US, Cocomelon. (Dana Steiner, a spokesperson for Moonbug, Cocomelon's parent company, says none of its shows currently use AI, “but our talented creative team is always exploring new tools and technologies.”)

This familiar aesthetic means that a busy parent taking a quick glance at the screen may confuse the AI ​​content for the program they've checked. And while it's not particularly well-crafted, the content of the videos put out by these channels is substandard in the same way that much of today's man-made children's entertainment is substandard – frenetic, loud, crude.

YouTube is in the process of introducing new policies for AI-generated content, although the company is not looking to restrict it significantly. YouTube spokeswoman Elena Hernandez says, “YouTube will soon introduce content labeling and disclosure requirements for creators who upload content that includes realistically altered or synthetic content, including content aimed at children and families. Is included.”

When WIRED asked whether YouTube would actively seek out AI-generated content and label it as such, Hernandez said more details would come later but that he planned to rely primarily on voluntary disclosure. “Our main approach would be to require creators themselves to disclose when they have created modified or synthetic content in a way that is realistic.” The company says it uses a combination of automated filters, human review, and user feedback to determine what content is accessible in the more restricted YouTube Kids service.

Some fear that YouTube and parents around the world are not adequately prepared for the coming wave of AI-generated children's content. Neuroscientist Eric Hoel recently watched some tutorials for kids on creating content with AI, as well as some videos that he suspected were created using the technology. Hoel became so upset by what he saw that he protested against his Substack concept, which included alienating the Super Crazy Kids. “Kids across the country are hunched over iPads and falling prey to synthetic driftwood, deprived of human interaction even in the media they consume,” he wrote. “There's no other word than dystopian.”

Hoel's warning is reminiscent of the last major scandal about children's YouTube, known as “Elsagate.” It started in 2017 when people started seeing unrealistic and disturbing videos aimed at children on the platform, often involving popular characters like Disney's Elsa. frozenSpiderman, and the titular porcine hero Peppa Pig, While AI-generated content has not reached the same level, its creators are pursuing the same goal of attracting the attention of YouTube's automated recommendations.

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Some of the more obscure AI video channels are already venturing into weird territory. For example, the channel Brain Nursey Egg TV gives its disturbing videos names like “Cars for Kids”. Trailer The Slide with Lyrics.” The description of the video is a huge range of keywords, including “disney junior elimi birakma 24 chima sorozat beamng-destruction ali babanin siftlizi sarki la brujita creative baby padre finger”.

The plotless video is a mix of glitchy visuals like floating eyes and melting blocks of color. The soundtrack consists of children clapping, a robotic voice counting, different children laughing, and different robotic voices chanting the word “Youtube” at random intervals. Reality Defender's Coleman says, “It has generated outrage everywhere and is either driven by an AI-generated script or may be one of the greatest and most underrated works of surreal video art in recent memory.” Either way, this type of content hasn't garnered much attention yet—some of the channel's videos have only received a handful of views. Brain Nursery does not provide any email address or other way to contact the operators of the Egg TV channel.