AI-Generated Images, Deep Fake Videos and Scams alerted in 2023!

Artificial Intelligence is pervasive. Fake photos and videos are produced using image-generating tools and technology driven by artificial intelligence. 2024 will see an increase in these kinds of images. These photoshopped pictures are made for various purposes, from politics to amusement. Here is a quick look at some of the 2023 coverage Youturn did on this topic to demonstrate the rise in the dissemination of scams and phoney photos and videos made with artificial intelligence and deepfake technology.

During the wrestlers’ protest in May 2023, an edited photo of wrestlers claiming that they were laughing after the arrest went viral. Here is how they have created such an image.

AI-generated images of baby peacocks and cat-faced flowers went viral. Not only this, but many other identical AI-created photographs also gained popularity, with people believing them to be real.

An image purportedly showing a deceased grandmother encased in resin also went viral but turned out to be AI-generated. Multiple images are shared as Ayodhya and Banaras railway stations and decoration of Vande Bharat train in Kerala. However, all of these images are AI-generated, not real.

AI is being used by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for space exploration. An important factor in the safe landing of the Chandrayaan-3 mission spacecraft on the moon was the use of AI-driven sensors. Numerous current and future ISRO missions and projects include AI solutions. Even though artificial intelligence (AI) has been beneficial to spacecraft missions, it is also used to produce phoney films purporting to show the moon from Chandrayaan-3. An old video of celestial objects captured and edited using AI was shared as a recent planetary alignment.

The media is not spared from falling for false AI photos. Multiple news media channels in India, such as Zee NewsTimes Now NavbharatNews 18 Madhya PradeshFirst India News etc., reported that there was an explosion near the Pentagon building in the USA using a fake, apparently AI-generated image. But there was no explosion, and the image was bogus.

Some of the images claimed to be from the Israel-Hamas war also turned out to be fake. An AI image purportedly showing Palestinians having a meal on their house rubble went viral. Another image that shows a set of people involved in rescue operations in Uttarkhand tunnel incident is also AI-generated.

AI-generated threats, particularly deepfakes, are emerging as a top security issue, with no reliable tools yet in place to combat them. Deepfake imagery could be an imitation of a face, body, sound, speech, environment, or any other persona information manipulated to create an impersonation.

A video shared as an interview of Bill Gates and licentious videos of Actress Rashmika Mandanna, Katrina Kaif, and Kajol are not real but were created using Deepfake technology.

Multiple fake images of noted personalities, including Narendra Modi, Tom Cruise, Dwayne Johnson etc., went viral.

These technologies are used to scam people by fabricating videos portraying that celebrities like Ratan Tata, Ambani etc., endorse certain investment fund schemes. Some of the other scams Youturn covered in 2023 are Google Maps Scams, Call Forwarding Scams and Aadhar Biometrics Scams along with the steps to stay away from such scams.

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