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Dangers of AI in photography ?

24 May 2023 8:09AM   Views : 124 Unique : 96

While AI has brought numerous advancements to the field of photography, it is important to be aware of potential dangers and challenges that come with its use. Here are a few notable concerns:

Image Manipulation and Misinformation: AI-powered tools can manipulate images in sophisticated ways, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between real and digitally altered photos. This poses a risk of spreading misinformation or creating deceptive visual narratives, particularly in the context of news, journalism, and social media.

Privacy and Consent: AI systems, particularly those equipped with facial recognition capabilities, can raise privacy concerns. If used without proper consent or inappropriately, AI-powered photography tools can intrude upon people's privacy and personal lives.

Bias and Discrimination: AI algorithms are trained on vast amounts of data, and if that data is biased or reflects societal inequalities, it can lead to biased outcomes. This holds true in photography as well. If the training data predominantly represents specific demographics or perpetuates stereotypes, AI systems may struggle to accurately recognize or represent individuals from underrepresented groups.

Overreliance on Automation: While AI can streamline various aspects of photography, there is a risk of overreliance on automation. Relying solely on AI for tasks like composition, editing, or image selection might undermine the creative intuition and expertise of photographers, potentially resulting in a loss of artistic expression and individual style.

Intellectual Property and Copyright Concerns: With AI's ability to generate and manipulate images, questions arise regarding the ownership and copyright of AI-generated or AI-assisted photographs. Determining the rights and attributions when AI systems are involved in the creative process can be complex and require careful consideration.

Job Displacement: The automation capabilities of AI may impact certain job roles within the photography industry. For example, advancements in AI-driven image editing tools might reduce the demand for manual editing services or lead to a decline in certain photography-related job opportunities.

It is important to address these dangers and challenges by developing ethical guidelines, promoting transparency, fostering awareness, and ensuring responsible use of AI in photography.

Ai is with us without most of us even knowing it was happening, but the lack of discussion around the subject is worrying.

People are repeating the way we handled so many things in the past. My way is the only way worked when your images was only seen by a few people within your small group, but the whole way this now works with the internet we all need to talk...

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FredColon 3 2 United Kingdom
24 May 2023 9:04AM
That's a very articulate and insightful comment Robert.

There's nothing I'd disagree with, but I'd also like to add another thought...

Unless attention is given fairly quickly, I can imagine situations where the whole concept of 'photographic evidence' could be undermined.

To an extent this has always been true (and the digital revolution with editors like Gimp and Photoshop have accelerated it); the AI aspects are extending this, but at a much bigger and faster level.

It is becoming almost trivially easy to adjust a picture (or create a completely new one from nothing) to show what you want, rather than what happened.

How would a court determine which was real and which was fake?

How could a court / employment tribunal / arbitrator ... decide whom to believe? (and there are dangers with reputation -- just because Alice has a good record and Bob is decidedly dodgy, it doesn't mean that in this one case Bob could be telling the truth and Alice lying)

In "trial by media" and "rent a mob" social media stirring, it's easy to generate tens of faked photos to put up against one submitted by the victim.

I take photos for my own enjoyment and to record family events. If my business depended upon evidentiary photography, I'd be worried. If I were ever in a situation of defending myself against an accuser I'd be very worried.

This is a general ethical issue with widespread implications, going much further than AI / IT / photography technologies.

Or, then again, perhaps I'm just a paranoid, grumpy old man Wink
thewilliam2 6 1.6k United Kingdom
24 May 2023 9:50AM
Now that many cameras already have auto-exposure and auto-focus, will auto-composition be next, courtesy of AI?

Bear in mind that Nikon already stores the brightness distribution of tens of thousands of pictures for the matrix metering system.
Robert51 14 12 142 United Kingdom
24 May 2023 10:34PM
Today I have found out about the new PS also a new beta copy.
The first has a wonderful removal tool and the beta copy has a fill action that will change everything.

Like most here this will only effect me as much as I want it to, and after all the years of learning it's the joy of both taking pictures and processing that I love. On the processing side I understand how, what and why things happen. This has allowed me to take things on further with my own skills, I don't think this will be the case for much longer.

AI will find it's place within photography, but I don't think anyone knows what that will be...

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