AI Pope-in-a-Puffer-Jacker goes Viral, causing Mixed Emotions
Controversial or Cool? AI-Generated Pope Image Sporting a White Puffer Jacket Goes Viral
Have you perhaps seen a new photo of Pope Francis sporting a white puffer jacket on social media lately? If no one has told you yet, let me do the honors: it’s a fake image generated by AI. While it’s just an image, it’s gone viral on social media for some reason, with many claiming this is the first instance of global AI misinformation and the beginning of chaos.
The image was first shown on Reddit by the user who asked Midjourney to produce it. With the new Midjourney update, the AI is becoming increasingly better at creating fake images. Many people were fooled by the Pope image, believing it was real and that he was quite fashionable. Unfortunately, it’s now sparking some concerns.
One of the comments on Twitter speaks about how this is the first example of AI spreading misinformation and how the government won’t be able to regulate it. Since the Pope Francis image went viral, many others have been trying to do the same thing with other images, such as faking news about an earthquake.
I think Balenciaga pope might be the first real mass-level AI misinformation case. Kinda cool to watch tbh. https://t.co/hPoJeXwA1z
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) March 26, 2023
Here’s what I don’t get with this sudden hysteria about AI spreading false information. People have been using Photoshop and other apps to make deep fake images of celebrities for years, especially for fake porn nudes. This has been a global issue for a very long time, and AI isn’t the first to do it. Why are people suddenly now concerned with AI’s ability to do this when humans have been doing it anyway?
I guess the most significant concern is that AI may be able to do it better than humans and at a faster rate. There’s less human energy involved, so AI fake news can just run rampant. The question now is, how will we know what real or fake news is anymore? Then again, how could we ever have been sure about the news given to us?
Philosophical questions aside, we’ll see if this alarm is enough for someone to start finally regulating AI like they eventually did with blockchain and cryptocurrencies.Advertisement