The “fake” photos created by AI ( artificial intelligence ) are getting more and more convincing. But for now, it is possible to identify them. In fact, there are even tricks for that. It’s just that these platforms, as advanced as they are, still miss some details.
Therefore, the secret is for you to exploit the weaknesses of the machines. And yes, they do exist – at least, for now. Next, Tech Markup shows you how to get savvier with “fake” photos created by AI platforms.
Despite the ever-accelerating advancement of AI creation tools, they are still not very good at representing certain body parts. That’s what Henry Ajder, an expert on the subject and BBC presenter, explains.
Another weakness: eyes. Artificial intelligence technology still cannot faithfully represent them – especially if the image has more than one person. Also, unnatural skin tones and faces with blurred features are strong indications that the image is fake.
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What has experts worried is not the fact that people are using AI to manipulate images, but the speed of technological innovations and their potential for misuse.
This type of content is rapidly evolving and the gap between authentic and fake content is becoming more difficult to discern.
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There are other clues as to whether an image came out of someone’s mind “naturally” or via an AI. Pay attention to elements like:
- Very blurred background;
- Indecipherable texts in the background;
- Lack of symmetry in the face;
- Parts of the image look painted over;
- Objects blending into the skin.
In short, the tip is to check for visible inconsistencies in the image. In addition to those mentioned above, blurry edges come in here; body details or hair cut and so on.
Another trick is to do a “reverse search” on Google. In this type of search, you use Google to look for images related to an existing one. Thus, you check if there are references from official and reliable sites. However, be aware that AIs have access to a vast database.
There are also websites and apps to analyze the veracity of photos and verify metadata. For example, on the Fotoforensics website , all you have to do is upload an image (from your device and from the URL) and it will give you a series of information about it. The same process applies to apps like EXIF Metadata ( for iPhone ) and Photo EXIF & Metadata Editor ( for Android phones ).
With information from the BBC