After Adobe and Jigsaw, Microsoft is also joining the game of detecting and labeling fake photos and videos with the help of AI. The company has introduced Microsoft Video Authenticator which analyzes videos in real-time and lets you know if they have been manipulated. According to Microsoft, the main goal of the new tech is to combat misinformation
Fake news, doctored images, even beauty filters – all of these seem to be more and more common, making it difficult to distinguish truth from lie. But Jigsaw wants to make it easier to debunk all that fakery we see online every day. The Alphabet-owned company has created Assembler, an AI-powered tool that detects image manipulations and combats disinformation.
500px has caused some outrage within the community a couple of times over the past year or so. One of the platforms popular users Michal Karcz was recently threatened to get banned because he’s been posting photo manipulations, which is against the website’s policy. All that wouldn’t be strange if 500px itself hasn’t previously featured him on its own blog, praising his skills in digital art.
Swedish photographer Erik Johansson is known for his dreamy, surreal images. It takes him a serious amount of time to create his work, and his latest project Stellantis is no exception. Erik has recently shared a BTS video which shows the journey of this image from a simple sketch to finished work.
It sometimes seems like the phrase “with great power comes great responsibility” has never been more true than with Adobe Photoshop. Originally released in 1990, Photoshop has grown into an application that offers both the most amazing possibilities ever available to photographers as well as the option to potentially do harm by manipulating images to show something that isn’t real.
Adobe researchers Richard Zhang and Oliver Wang, along with Sheng-Yu Wang, Dr Andrew Owns and Professor Alexi A. Efros at UC Berkeley have now developed a system for detecting some of those manipulations.
Image manipulation has never been easier or more accessible. From professional photo editing software to game-like apps on our phones, there are plenty of options to fake images nowadays. In an attempt to spot and prevent fake images, a group of scientists has suggested a pretty unusual detection method. They want to implement a fake photo detection system directly into cameras.
When you take a selfie, when is it ready to be posted on social media? How much editing does it need before you share it with your followers? British photographer John Rankin Waddell, aka Rankin, explored this in his project Selfie Harm, and he ended up with alarming results.
Rankin photographed fifteen teenagers with barely any makeup and gave the portraits a simple, natural aesthetic. Then he asked boys and girls to edit their own photos until they felt they were social-media ready. The resulting photos were scary and worrying, showing just how dangerous image altering can be for young people’s mental health and self-image.
When you have a vivid imagination, you can turn everyday objects into extraordinary images. This is precisely what Stephan Friedli and Ulrik Martin Larsen (aka PUTPUT) do in their artistic projects. The duo creates clever ambiguous photomontages that will confuse you at first and make you look twice.
I don’t know about you, but I love it when I find old photos of my favorite celebrities, and it’s especially interesting if I can compare them side-by-side to the new ones. But Dutch artist Ard Gelinck took this “then and now” comparison to a whole new level. In his project, famous celebrities are photoshopped so it looks like they’re hanging out with their younger selves.