David Schonauer

Addendum: Why This iPhone Photo Shows Three Versions of the Same Woman

PetaPixel   Thursday November 30, 2023

Tessa Coates, an actor and comedian in the UK, says “the fabric of reality crumbled” after she looked at an iPhone photo of herself trying on a wedding dress  and noticed that her reflection in two mirrors did not return the same pose that she was making. Not only that, but both reflections are different from each other and different from the pose Coates was actually holding, notes PetaPixel. Why did this happen? The iPhone “is not a camera, it’s a computer,” an Apple technician told Coates.  It takes a series of burst images very quickly and stitches them together.   Read the full Story >>

Honor Roll: Environmental Photographer of the Year

Environmental Photographer of the Year   Thursday November 30, 2023

Maurizio di Pietro, a professional photographer based in Italy, is the top winner of the 2023 Environmental Photographer of the Year contest for an image of an insect food experiment—specifically black soldier fly farming. Protein-rich insects may be a solution for food shortages, notes the contest, which is now in its 16th year. The award celebrates humanity’s ability to survive and innovate showcases thought-provoking images that call attention to our impact and inspire us to live sustainably, note organizers.   Read the full Story >>

State of the Art: AI Images Amplify Our Worst Stereotypes

By David Schonauer   Wednesday November 29, 2023

"Artificial intelligence image tools have a tendency to spin up disturbing cliches, noted The Washington Post recently, adding, "These stereotypes don't reflect the real world; they stem from the data that trains the technology. Grabbed from the internet, these troves can be toxic -- rife with pornography, misogyny, violence and bigotry." The Post found that despite efforts to reduce bias in image generator Stable …   Read the full Story >>

Addendum:Taking Aim at AI, Merriam-Webster's 2023 Word of the Year is 'Authentic'

ABC News   Wednesday November 29, 2023

In a world with more access than ever to artificial intelligence delving out information, deepfakes causing uncertainty, and influencers touting their online personalities to appear like an everyman, Merriam-Webster has chosen “authentic” as the 2023 word of the year, notes ABC News. "The rise of AI helped drive interest in the word," Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster's editor at large said in a statement. "The line between 'real' and 'fake' has become increasingly blurred. As a result, in social media and marketing, authentic has become the gold standard for building trust.”   Read the full Story >>

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