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Mar 17 6 tweets 3 min read Read on X
A.I. photos are flooding social media and contributing to an Internet where we can't believe what we see.

Spotting A.I. 📷s is an important media literacy skill.

It takes a few seconds to spot a fake and stop the spread of disinformation. Let's learn how! 🧵(1/5) Image
It may help to right click + open image in new tab to zoom in.

Check any text first. For now, A.I. struggles w/ spelling and alphabets. Sometimes it even puts fake watermarks!

Check for warping in the shape of finely outlined/framed objects, like chairs and lightbulbs. /2
A.I. doesn't "think" about logic in a scene. Imagine being a person there.

Are any objects/details in a place they shouldn't be?

Does the placement of windows, doors & objects make sense? /3 Image
A.I. struggles to maintain consistent details.

Look for repeated shapes or patterns and check if they're consistent across the image.

This might be annoying and time-consuming at first, but you'll develop an instinct. /4
None of us have time to research every 📷 we see

We just need people to notice BEFORE THEY LIKE OR SHARE that an image *might* be fake. If unsure, check it or don't share

That's one important step in stopping the spread of disinformation! /5 Image
Lots of new ppl in my @'s so I'll intro myself

I draw comics as @RockPaperCynic & I'm planning to make more comics about AI/media literacy

I designed @storyenginedeck to help writers, DMs & worldbuilders create

I write micro-stories as @StoryShortest

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Mar 19
The internet is flooded with AI-generated photos and they're getting harder to spot

Most of the time AI is used for click-farming, but lately images have been used in fake news stories and product scams

So let's review some tips for spotting AI images! 🧵(1/5) Image
If you're not sure about an image, right-click and open it in a new window

Zoom in and take the time to look at details

Sometimes mistakes are obvious, like extra fingers or hands (2/5)
Fun fact: the human brain is usually very, very good at reading faces, and you may instinctively find that AI-rendered faces feel "off"

This isn't a hard-and-fast rule, but your gut may be able to tell something is wrong even if your eyes can't (3/5)

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Mar 16
Being able to spot fake images is becoming an essential skill in social media literacy.

This AI-faked image got 90,000 likes/shares in 2 days. The algorithm rewards pages that flood the internet with rapidly generated AI content.

Here are some tips for spotting AI 📷! 🧵(1/4)
AI has trouble with rendering straight symmetrical lines, complex symmetrical patterns, and continuous objects across window panes. (2/4)
It also doesn't actually "think" about the logic of the scene. Note there are only 3 knobs for 4 burners + 2 ovens, zero outlets, floating objects, and no transition between wallpaper and tile. (3/4)
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Feb 21, 2022
It's terrifying that the architects of the digital world—the people/algorithms shaping what we see, who we interact with, what version of news we get, how we feel—are not optimizing the world for truth or joy or meaning or connection

They're optimizing for ad space/data access
That's why everything is "content" now

All complexities of the human experience: art, ideas, performance, human interaction, personality, influence: put it through the meat grinder of social media and you get Content™: the food source for a machine that eats time and attention
As a design concept, infinite scroll is clearly optimized to give nutritional volume to the machine

Infinite scroll is not good for any human

It's the seawater of human sustenance

But selling water that makes people thirsty is a great business model for a robot
Read 6 tweets
Jul 17, 2020
You can write an entire wizard school YA novel using only Scottish wildflowers.

Don't believe me? HERE COMES A THREAD! (1/??)

Meet our PRECOCIOUS PROTAGONISTS, Meadow Saxifrage, Germander Speedwell, Fairy Flax, and Rosebay Willowherb! ImageImageImageImage
Choose any protagonist.

They have a great destiny prophecized at birth, which is a threat to a MALEVOLENT MAGICAL VILLAIN!

Take your pick of: Charlock, Red Bartsia, Black Medick, or Hemlock!

(2/??) ImageImageImageImage
Well, it's a good thing that protagonist was hidden away for years in the care of an OBSCURE ELDERLY RELATIVE!

Their name?

Uh... how about Autumn Hawkbit, Burnet Rose, Marsh Valerian, or Carline Thistle?

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Apr 5, 2020
I, for one, would like to thank the Queen for making her royal address and providing the nation with something it sorely needs right now...

The perfect Photoshop bait...
This is a difficult time for everyone and I, for one, am grateful for gifts such as these...
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