Deepfake images continue to be a real problem, tech expert says

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A deepfake image of former President Donald Trump running from police and another one showing Pope Francis wearing a stylish winter coat recently had their moment of viral notoriety on social media.

Both pictures were the product of a human user typing prompts into an artificial intelligence program. In the case of the pope photo, a construction worker from Chicago took credit for creating the deepfake in an interview with Buzzfeed News.

Hundreds of thousands of people, though, passed the two images along as if they were real.

Tech writer Jennifer Jolly told the WBBM Noon Business Hour about a key clue that can tell you if a picture came from the real world or AI.

“Zoom in on the hands,” Jolly said. “It is really difficult for AI, still, to get hands correct, though it’s getting better every single day.”

Computer generated images will get better, she said, and the results could be disastrous for society.

“We will have to integrate AI literacy, news literacy, and information literacy into schools beginning very, very soon,” Jolly said.

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