China’s retro AI photos and the fears of AI experts
On social media, a number of creators are generating nostalgic photographs of China with the help of AI. Even though these pictures are wrong in some details, they are realistic enough to deceive and impress many of their followers.
Images look sophisticated in terms of definition, sharpness, saturation and color tone. Their realism is in part due to a recent major update to the AI image-making program Midjourney that was released in mid-March, which is better not only at generating human hands, but also at simulating various styles of photography.
It’s still relatively easy, even to untrained eyes, to tell that the photos are AI-generated. But for some creators, their experiences are more about trying to remember a specific era than trying to fool their audience. Read the full story.
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