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AI: Lookout! There’s a Terrible Photoshop Job Coming Right At Us!


The picture below the fold is obviously fake. I made it the evening before Hurricane Irene came to visit New York with the intention of putting it up on Twitter the next morning, provided I had still had electricity. Which I did.

I say obviously fake because that was the intention. That’s part of the joke.

But this brought my thinking over to the more nefarious purposes to which image manipulation can be applied. One hilariously bad example is outlined in this article from Media Matters. Ah! The joys of subtle Clone Tool use!

What are some examples of questionable photo manipulation that you have seen? Was anything done to rectify the situation? What can we as critical thinkers do to combat this phenomenon when it is used to mislead? Does someone want to start a Snopes for images?

The ART Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab community. Look for it to appear Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm ET.

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  1. A particular egregious case recently was Apple, who digitally manipulated images of their competitors products (amongst other things) to make them look more like their own in an effort to get the competing products banned in Europe.

  2. Take a look at these:

    Note that there isn’t just digital manipulation involved. Apple showed screenshots of the iPhone and iPad home screen (the main screen for the device), while for the Samsung devices they showed images of the app drawer (the application launcher) in order to make the interfaces for the devices seem more similar than they really are.

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