Oct 13, 2023

Are War Photos Real or AI-Generated? Hany Farid Weighs In

From 404 Media

AI Images Detectors Are Being Used to Discredit the Real Horrors of War

By Emanuel Maiberg

A free AI image detector that's been covered in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal is currently identifying a photograph of what Israel says is a burnt corpse of a baby killed in Hamas’s recent attack on Israel as being generated by AI. 

However, the image does not show any signs it was created by AI, according to Hany Farid, a professor at UC Berkeley and one of the world’s leading experts on digitally manipulated images...

“One of the things these generators have trouble with is highly structured shapes and straight lines,” Farid told me on a call. “If you see the leg of the table and the screw, that all appears perfectly and that doesn’t typically happen with AI generators...” 


Hany Farid is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and the School of Information at UC Berkeley.

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Hany Farid (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the School of Information)

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October 19, 2023