Award-Winning ‘1940s’ Photograph Revealed to Have Been AI-Generated
The creator of a 1940’s style image admitted the photograph was a fake – created by computer-generated artificial intelligence (AI) – after it won an award at a competition.
In other words, the above photograph was neither real nor did a human design it.
The German artist who submitted the photograph, Boris Eldagsen, said that submitting the photo was an attempt at driving a debate over the rise of AI – not an act of dishonesty.
This is the winner of Sony World Photography Awards 2023
This image has been generated by AI
The German artist Boris Eldagsen said he will not be accepting the monetary award and suggested donating the prize to a photo festival hosted in Odesa, Ukraine pic.twitter.com/c1pwVktVEY
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2022 and 2023 have seen a meteoric rise in AI technology. OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research and development company, has spearheaded this rise with the release of its controversial “ChatGPT” program.
The program has drawn the ire of college professors and employers over its ability to instantly grab information from anywhere across the internet and succinctly (and in an eerily human way) repeat that information.
The artist made the shocking reveal on his blog, saying,
“I applied as a cheeky monkey, to find out, if the competitions are prepared for AI images to enter. They are not,” Eldagsen wrote. “We, the photo world, need an open discussion. A discussion about what we want to consider photography and what not. Is the umbrella of photography large enough to invite AI images to enter – or would this be a mistake?”
The artist finished the blog post by saying, “With my refusal of the award, I hope to speed up this debate.”
Many tech experts worry about how fake AI-created content could threaten academic/artistic honesty or even if the revolutionary technology could escape the control of humans.
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The concerns among experts have grown so much that many signed onto an agreement to temporarily halt or cautiously move forward with new artificial intelligence technology – with a notable abstention from Bill Gates.
“Artificial Intelligence will simply reflect and magnify the mindset and ideology of its creators — and impress those values upon the rest of us,” Hoover Institute Senior Fellow Davis Hanson said to Fox News Digital, “In other words, we are creating Silicon Valley-minded Frankensteins and unleashing them on the nation.”
Elon Musk, who has been warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence for years, said that “they are training AI to lie.”
Google has recently shown signs of losing control of its artificial intelligence. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the program taught itself a new language and cited fake books for an economic argument, despite never being instructed to do so.
Banking giant Goldman Sachs has also released a report indicating that as many as seven percent of all jobs could be replaced entirely by artificial intelligence.
The vast majority of people don’t yet fully understand artificial intelligence or the danger it poses. Despite this, many are seeing early warning signs of the problems that skeptical experts have said would occur. From plagiarizing essays to launching cyberattacks, the power of artificial intelligence is vast – but extraordinarily dangerous if left unchecked.
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