A pretend picture of an explosion on the Pentagon briefly went viral and triggered a ten-minute lengthy dip on the markets on Monday, stoking additional discuss that generative AI may trigger issues to society.
The picture, which many observers suspected got here from synthetic intelligence, was unfold by a number of accounts, forcing the Pentagon to remark that there was no such explosion.
A LOT OF PEOPLE POSTING ABOUT AN “ EXPLOSION NEAR THE PENTAGON”
THIS IS CLEARLY AN AI GENERATED PICTURE COME ON PEOPLE DONT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE pic.twitter.com/VShvtEE4sK
— GURGAVIN (@gurgavin) Might 22, 2023
“We are able to verify this was a false report and the Pentagon was not attacked at the moment,” a spokesman mentioned.
The Arlington, Virginia hearth division additionally reacted, posting on social media that there was no explosion or incident happening at or close to the Pentagon.
The incident adopted different occurrences of pretend imagery that additionally created buzz not too long ago on the web, together with of former US president Donald Trump getting arrested and Pope Francis in a puffer jacket.
The earliest tweet discovered by AFP sharing the Pentagon picture got here from a QAnon-promoting account that has beforehand shared disinformation, although the unique supply of the picture was not identified.
Rising generative AI applied sciences make it simpler for non-specialists to create convincing photographs in only a few moments, as an alternative of needing the experience to make use of packages comparable to Photoshop.
The shared picture triggered the markets to be knocked for a couple of minutes, with the S&P 500 stumbling by 0.29 p.c in comparison with its Friday shut earlier than recovering.
“There was a dip possible associated to this pretend information because the (buying and selling) machines picked up on it, however I might submit that the scope of the decline didn’t match the seemingly unhealthy nature of the pretend information,” mentioned Pat O’Hare of Briefing.com.
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