Did the pope change his style or is this fake news generated by AI?


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Technology has transformed social environments in recent years. Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a topic of conversation for the world, as it has crossed the boundaries of what we consider good and bad, especially with fake news.

What happened to the fake images of the pope?

In early April, the networks exploded in headlines when a user posted a picture of the pope apparently wearing Balenciaga clothing. The image quickly spread through social networks, generating speculation about the veracity of the photo.

In reality, the image was generated by Midjourney and posted on Reddit by the user u/trippy_art_special. As it generated so many interactions, users took it upon themselves to replicate it on TikTok and Twitter where it went viral.

“The depth and acceleration of the transformations of the digital age pose unexpected problems, which impose new conditions on the individual and collective ethos” Pope Francis.

The accelerated development and lack of control over artificial intelligence are determining factors in human behavior. Although this technology is implemented for the solution or execution of important tasks, it is alarming in other aspects.

Identifying the risks and not falling into fake news

One of the biggest risks of AI is its ability to generate false or manipulated images. These can spread misleading information on social networks or in the media.

For this reason, we give you tips to detect when an image has been generated with artificial intelligence, so as not to fall into fake news:

  1. Use authenticity verification tools such as TinEye, which allow you to search for the image on the web and verify its provenance.
  1. If the image is presented in a suspicious context or inconsistent with recent events, it is likely to be false.
  2. So far AI is not capable of generating eyes with human characteristics.
  3. Physical parts such as hands, arms, or hair often come out with shape, distribution, color, and texture errors.
  4. Consult viral information from reliable sources. If the image has a recognized context, check verified pages.

“Artificial Intelligence is more dangerous than bad aircraft production design or bad car production” Elon Musk.

The spread of fake news is easy in the digital age, as social networks and websites are a ‘fast’ source of information. Digital consumers should verify information before replicating it, as, with the advancement of technology, greater scrutiny is required.

Read more: Black Mirror: a look into the future?

In conclusion, the development of AI has brought great benefits to society, but it also poses potential risks. This is why at Tekbees we are committed to developing solutions that ensure quality and accuracy for our clients.


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