'These people never existed': How AI is powering fake news

'Seeing is believing' no longer holds true as technology makes the job of detecting false content increasingly difficult

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At the Horasis Global Meeting last month in Cascais, Portugal, which brings together innovators and social scientists from around the world, a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) showed me about 20 photographs of people's faces on her mobile phone.

She asked me to guess which of those faces belonged to actual people.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2019, with the headline 'These people never existed': How AI is powering fake news. Subscribe