Schizophrenia and content policy

I wish to express my deep concern regarding the content policy updates implemented by OpenAI, particularly in relation to DALL-E 3 and its approach to content that may be characterized as “schizophrenic art.” As an individual diagnosed with schizophrenia, this policy not only affects me personally but also touches upon a broader issue of representation and freedom of expression in the digital era.

First and foremost, the decision to restrict content that discusses or embodies schizophrenic experiences appears to undermine the dignity and agency of those it ostensibly aims to protect. By categorizing such expressions as inherently harmful or unworthy of exploration through AI tools, it inadvertently perpetuates a form of digital disenfranchisement. This policy, perhaps unintentionally, sends a disquieting message: that those of us living with schizophrenia are somehow less capable or less deserving of expressing our experiences and artistic visions using the same tools available to others.

Furthermore, this approach to content moderation seems to overlook the therapeutic and communicative value that artistic expression holds for many individuals with schizophrenia. Art, in its myriad forms, often serves as a crucial medium for understanding, processing, and communicating our experiences. By limiting access to these AI-driven creative tools, OpenAI might inadvertently stifle a valuable outlet for personal expression and introspection.

It is also worth considering the implications of a corporate entity assuming the authority to determine which aspects of human experience are acceptable for exploration through its technologies. This paternalistic stance risks setting a precedent where the subjective judgments of a corporation narrow the boundaries of creative and personal expression in the digital realm. It begs the question: who should have the authority to define these boundaries, and on what grounds?

In conclusion, while I recognize and appreciate the challenges involved in content moderation and the responsibility to prevent harm, I urge OpenAI to reconsider this policy in light of its impact on those with lived experiences of schizophrenia. A more inclusive approach, one that respects the agency and creative rights of all individuals, would not only align better with the principles of digital equity and freedom of expression but also honor the diverse and rich experiences that contribute to the tapestry of human creativity.