Perhaps you’ve seen a photo of Pope Francis wearing a puffy white coat circling around the Internet. It was the first thing I saw today while scrolling Instagram and sipping my morning coffee – and it almost went through my nose. the coffee, not the picture.
Of course, it’s fake, 100% AI-generated. But it turns out that many people thought it was real. This includes me, who didn’t remember to check the hands in the tiny image on my phone screen. And it illustrates perfectly why AI-generated images, no matter how fun they are, can be dangerous in a world filled with fake news.