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Will AI Doom Photography, News, Truth? + Reader Comments, the Weaponization of AI

re: artificial intelligence

The world is changing faster than ever before, with the photography industry not least affected. The corner store (as a metaphor) is disappearing. Fewer and fewer things are non-generic. And whatever is not supported by you/us fades away, like mist in the sun.

Soon already , it will be is difficult to impossible to distinguish real photographs from real ones, or real video from AI-generated video. At least not without careful study, meaning computerized assessment meaning AI detectors for AI.

Like everything else, there is upside and downside

AI cannot give me memories (or can it?). The images you and I make come with the memories of being there including all our senses and our personal timeline. We take/make images not because we can make a better image than a pro, but because it’s experienced personally, giving it lasting personal meaning, versus eye-grabbbing entertainment a la Instagram. This is why those boring photos that excite your neighbor/relative/friend shows you rarely if ever have emotional impact.

But what if you are skilled with an AI like MidJourney—will you fake your own memories, perhaps by “improving” an image you captured, for a new fake reality? This is already possible and being done. Moreover, false memories are the norm. What happens when you can not only falsify an image, but do so based on your own images. It will take on a reality of its own in your mind, but it won‘t be real. Take care as to what goes into your brain.

On the really dark side, gaslighting and psyops as tools of social control via images and video is a huge threat. You cannot trust a photograph or video—you must establish crediblity from the track record of the person or organization presenting it. Which is a herculean task in everyday life. The only rational operating assumption is to assume a fake.

Why the new #midjourney V5 AI imaging tool just changed 90% of your photography business

2023-03-19

The new Midjourney V5 update has been released. And the AI imaging tool is now capable to match realistic photography. This will have deep impact on most photography businesses. In this video I will share my thoughts on this revolution. There are risks, but there are also new opportunities!

90% of images you see on the web will be AI generated...

Uncanny Valley will fade

The video still has a bit of “uncanny valley” to it, though the immediate impact it’s more about the juxtaposition of beauty vs aggressiveness.

That said, AI is barely emerging from infancy, and it appears to me that the effects here are by intention, not by technology weakness. If it’s not persuasive to you now, give it a few years months.

Consider the use of such technology for any form of persuasion in any venue. And then consider robot bodies that are difficult to distinguish from humans.

Click to watch the video. To be clear: this is a “deep fake” video, it is not real.

Or, Goblin Adam Schiff.


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