An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The creator of a tool that scrapes the internet for images in order to power artificial intelligence image generators like Stable Diffusion is telling website owners who want him to stop that they have to actively opt out, and that it’s “sad” that they are fighting the inevitable rise of AI. “It is sad that several of you are not understanding the potential of AI and open AI and as a consequence have decided to fight it,” Romain Beaumont, the creator of the image scraping tool img2dataset, said on its GitHub page. “You will have many opportunities in the years to come to benefit from AI. I hope you see that sooner rather than later. As creators you have even more opportunities to benefit from it.”

Img2dataset is a free tool Beaumont shared on GitHub which allows users to automatically download, and

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