Skip to content
Opinion
Parmy Olson

Is That Trump Photo Real? Free AI Tools Come With Risks

The release of software to generate fake pictures makes it even harder to trust online images. 

Seeing isn’t believing. A montage of fake images generated by AI. 

Seeing isn’t believing. A montage of fake images generated by AI. 

Source: DreamStudio. Illustration by Lara Williams

On Monday, a technology startup in London did something that most software companies never do: It published the code behind its creation so that anyone could replicate it. Any developer in the world can rebuild the image-generating model made by Stability AI, which can spit out any picture or photo you can imagine from a single text prompt.

The tool is almost magical — creepy, even —  in what it can do. Want an image of a short-haired English blue cat playing guitar?