(RepublicanDaily.org) – Former President Donald Trump stands accused of falsified documents connected to hush money paid to the former adult film star Stormy Daniels. While at the time of this report, a formal indictment was still pending, images surfaced online of the former president being arrested. The images of Trump’s arrest were generated by artificial intelligence, the Associated Press reported.
DeepFake images of Trump being arrested showed the “disruptive” power of artificial intelligence-generated images, The Washington Post reported. The tech’s capabilities have reportedly “vastly outpaced” regulatory, legislative, and corporate responses to the use of such images.
The images were created by Elliot Higgins, the founder of the open-source investigative outlet, Bellingcat. Higgins stated that he was reading about the anticipated indictment of the former president this week when he decided he wanted to visualize those events, The Washington Post reported. Higgins turned to an AI art generator and gave the AI prompts, such as asking it to simulate images of Trump falling while being arrested. Higgins then shared his results on Twitter.
Higgins told reporters that he was merely “mucking about” and he did not expect more than “about five people” to retweet his results. However, the images began to spread online, and with the many retweets, there was a growing sense of concern about how AI-generated imagery could be used to “spread falsehoods” online.
Images of Trump being arrested surfaced in alignment with a stiff House crackdown on the use of technology. On March 23, the House grilled the TikTok CEO about its firewall in a project called Project Texas, which is a data governance program for TikTok’s use of data. The House grilled the TikTok CEO about the use of the data that passed through Project Texas using the TikTok data. House Representatives questioned the lack of transparency on the Chinese parent company’s unwillingness to sell the app to an American company. The hearing was broadcast via C-SPAN on March 23.
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