AI software’s rise means more and better deepfakes

Whether created maliciously or not, fake images produced with easily-available AI platforms like Midjourney have the potential to fool millions of viewers.

By Shelly BrisbinMarch 30, 2023 2:27 pm,

From depictions of President Biden appearing to draft U.S. citizens for the war in Ukraine, to Donald Trump arrested, or the pope wearing a puffy jacket, deepfake photos and videos have been proliferating online in recent weeks.

These images, generated by artificial intelligence platforms available to everyone, appear more realistic than ever – and they’ve fooled many viewers. Tech expert Omar Gallaga wrote recently about the Trump arrest deepfake for the web site, Level. He says creating a deepfake can be as simple as typing in what you want at a site like Midjourney, that specializes in creating images based on its users’ imagination.

Highlights from this segment:

– Many AI-focused sites give users free access, making it easy for just about anyone to create an image that is both very realistic-looking and inaccurate.

– The Donald Trump arrest deepfakes were created by a journalist attempting to show how deepfakes can be created.

– Dangers associated with deepfakes include fooling people into believing they are real, especially if disclaimers created by those who create them are lost as the images proliferate on social media.

– Ways to identify deepfakes include: fuzzy or nonsense text, weird body angles or movement and images that look too glossy or polished.

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