Google is introducing new image search tools which will help to identify AI-generated images and other fakes. The new tool is called About This Image and is part of Google’s reverse image search feature.
When it’s fully launched this summer, Google reverse image searches will be able to tell you when it indexed a picture the first time. Also, the metadata tags will help identify AI-generated pictures. Useful in these days of fake news and AI-generated imagery.
With the proliferation of AI images that are looking more and more photo-realistic, it is imperative that we have a way to identify whether something is a real photograph or merely an artistic impression.
To begin with, the About this Image feature will only be available to English language searches in the US. However, it is assumed that it will eventually roll out worldwide.
You will be able to click on an image and then click on the 3 ellipses in the corner. This will take you to About this Image. Google will then give you information about the image, including information about when it was first indexed by Google, which website it appeared on first, and which other websites it can be found on. Google’s example shows a fake moon landing.
Google also announced that every image of theirs that has been AI-generated will include that information in the metadata. This will make it much easier to identify these images as such. Hopefully soon, other AI generators, such as Midjourney and Dall-E, will follow suit and start to include this metadata in their image files.