Enlarge / This is John. He doesn’t exist. AI can snap a photo of him in any circumstance we wish. And the Same process can be applied to Only a handful of real people can make a difference. photos Reported from social media

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If you’re one the billions There have been many people who posted photos of themselves on social networks. the past decade, it may be time to You need to rethink this behavior. AI image-generation technology now available to anyone to Save a few photos Then train AI (or video frames). to Create realistic fakes photos This could be embarrassing or illegal behavior. Although not everyone could be at risk of being exposed, it is important that everyone knows about the situation.

Photographs have been a constant subject to falsifications—first in darkrooms with scissors and paste and then via Adobe Photoshop through pixels. It required a lot of skill. to Pull off convincingly. Nowadays, convincing photorealistic fakes are almost an everyday task.

Once an AI model learns how, to If you render an individual, it turns their image into a software piece. An AI can create images in unlimited quantities of an individual. And the Sharing an AI model with others is possible to You can also create images of this person.

John: A social media case study

Before we started writing this article we asked a brave volunteer whether we could use their photos on social media. to Try to Train an AI model to Fake it. They accepted, but the These results were convincing enough to warrant further investigation. the Reputational risk was too high. Instead, we turned to AI to Set of seven simulated social networks photos We’ll call it a fictional person. “John.” So, you can be sure we are able to show you safely the results. Let’s pretend John was a real person for the moment. It’s exactly the same result. the Similar, as you will see below.

This is our imaginary scenario “John” I am an elementary school teacher. As many of you, she is an elementary school teacher. the John has published 12 times in the past twelve years photos See him at work, while relaxing at home or while on the road.

These inoffensive, social-media-style images of
Enlarge / These images are not offensive and social media-style. “John” These were used for the Training data for our AI to Put him in compromising positions.

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A person could train AI by using just seven images to Images that create the impression that John is living a secret lifestyle are possible. You might think he likes to take In his classroom, he takes nude selfies. At night, John might go to Bars where he dresses up as a clown. He might be an extremist paramilitary leader on weekends. He might have been in prison. time He was convicted of an illegal drug offense, but hid it from his employer.

An AI image generator called Stable Diffusion, version 1.5, and a technique known as Dreambooth to Teach AI how to You can create any type of John image. Although John is fictional, anyone could create similar images with five to ten photos of any individual. These images could be taken from a Facebook account or as still frames in a video.