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Fake images of Trump arrest show 'giant step' for AI's disruptive power

By Isaac Stanley-Becker and Naomi Nix

23 Mar 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. AI-generated images are becoming increasingly sophisticated and can be easily deployed to create confusion in volatile news environments.

Eliot Higgins, the founder of the open-source investigative outlet Bellingcat, was reading this week about the expected indictment of Donald Trump when he decided he wanted to visualize it.

He turned to an AI art generator, giving the technology simple prompts, such as, "Donald Trump falling down while being arrested." He shared the results - images of the former president surrounded by officers, their badges blurry and indistinct - on Twitter. "Making pictures of Trump getting arrested while waiting for Trump's arrest," he wrote.

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