May 18, 2023

Hany Farid Discusses the Rise of A.I. Detection Companies with New York Times

From The New York Times

Another Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes

By Tiffany Hsu and Steven Lee Myers

Andrey Doronichev was alarmed last year when he saw a video on social media that appeared to show the president of Ukraine surrendering to Russia.

The video was quickly debunked as a synthetically generated deepfake, but to Mr. Doronichev, it was a worrying portent. This year, his fears crept closer to reality, as companies began competing to enhance and release artificial intelligence technology despite the havoc it could cause...

“When Midjourney releases Midjourney 5, my starter gun goes off, and I start working to catch up — and while I’m doing that, they’re working on Midjourney 6,” said Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, who specializes in digital forensics and is also involved in the A.I. detection industry. “It’s an inherently adversarial game where as I work on the detector, somebody is building a better mousetrap, a better synthesizer...”


Hany Farid is a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and EECS. He specializes in digital forensics.

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May 22, 2023