What happens when AI generates fake historical photos

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Social media users in recent weeks have been circulating an old-timey photo of men standing next to a giant horse. While the photo looks like it came from a bygone era, it was actually generated by artificial intelligence. It is just one of a number of AI-generated images that have been presented online as real historical photos. Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, a historian who specialises in debunking fake historical photos, spoke to the FRANCE 24 Observers team.

The sepia-toned image, by German artist Boris Eldagsen, shows two women, the first with her arms wrapped around the second. Entitled “Pseudomnesia: The Electrician”, it won a prize at the Sony World Photography Awards. However, Eldagsen turned it down.

Why? Because it turns out, Eldagsen’s photo was actually generated by artificial intelligence

Eldagsen explained that he wanted to spark a discussion about the future of photography.

And architecture is an easy target, many people are bored with modern architecture and the concrete jungles our cities have become.

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