'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

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe