Sunday, June 4, 2023

Google creates a tool that will let you know if an image was generated by an AI

Google, within its entire list of news announced during Google I/O 2023, also included a proposal that will help you find out if an image was generated by an AI. The search giant announced yesterday that it will launch a tool called “About this image”.

It’s similar to the “about this link” dropdown menu that appears in regular results. You can access the option in different ways: in the results of Google Images, when searching for a photo or screenshot in Google Lens or by swiping up from the Google application.

This function will provide information about when Google first indexed the image. You will also know where this or other similar images appeared for the first time: if on a well-known news page that certifies their veracity or on a blog of dubious credibility, the company explained in its Blog. It will also show where else it was published later.

“When you’re trying to find out if a piece of information or an image is reliable, having the full story is key”Cory Dunton, Search Product Manager, said in the statement.

Google shared an example of how a fake image created by AI can be discovered.

Google will flag images created by its AI

Dunton explained that “About This Image” will be available in the coming months, first in English and in the United States. Before the end of the year, the feature will also be accessible by right-clicking or long-pressing on an image in Chrome, both on desktop and mobile.

Google this week announced several solutions for producing or editing images with AI. Any file generated with any of these new tools will have a label that shows its origin. platforms like Midjourney and Shutterstock will also be able to add similar branding in the coming months, the company said.

62% of people believe they come across false information on the Internet every day or every week, according to a study of Poynter by 2022. Research shows that Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X feel slightly more confident in their ability to verify than Baby Boomers and the Silent generation. “Google Search is designed from the ground up to deliver high-quality, useful, and reliable information,” the technology firm added.

What’s new in editing and image creation

Google Photos is renewed with MagicEditor. Within the framework of the Google I/O 2023, the company explained how it will be possible, for example, to move the people that appear in a photo, improve the sky or eliminate unwanted objects. Everything, with a couple of touches on the screen.

Users will be able to get early access to Magic Editor on select Pixel phones in late 2023. It’s a new imaging app from Google that uses a combination of AI techniques, including generative AI.

Google also confirmed that Bard, its AI chatbot, will generate images from a short text description. It will do so thanks to an integration with Adobe Firefly, Adobe’s AI model. It’s a feature to counter other similar options already in the markup, like OpenAI’s DALL-E or the one Microsoft included in Bing chat.

Bard is now available in 180 countries, free of charge. However, it can be used in Japanese and Korean. Google said it will “soon” support another 40 languages.

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