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How to spot AI-generated videos

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Imagine conjuring vivid, lifelike scenes straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster with just a few lines of text. In a matter of minutes, Open AI’s Sora technology can bring cinematic visions to life, transforming mundane prompts into captivating hyper-realistic video clips.

With OpenAI’s Sora, woolly mammoths tread through the snow, a papercraft coral reef teems with marine life, and a cat tries to wake its sleeping human in a cozy bed. It’s the latest wave in generative AI models, taking text-to-video creation to new levels of animation and computer-generated imagery.

mammoths in the snow
Prompt: “Several giant wooly mammoths approach treading through a snowy meadow, their long wooly fur lightly blows in the wind as they walk, snow covered trees and dramatic snow capped mountains in the distance, mid afternoon light with wispy clouds and a sun high in the distance creates a warm glow, the low camera view is stunning capturing the large furry mammal with beautiful photography, depth of field.”
But media professionals, industry critics, and security experts are concerned about how this technology might be used. Can people from all walks of life tell the difference between video footage and AI-generated videos?

How quickly and easily could Sora spread misinformation and disinformation about science, politics, health and medicine, economics, history and culture, consumer products and services, consequential events around the globe, and more? And what biases might it perpetuate?

wolf pups
Prompt: “Five gray wolf pups frolicking and chasing each other around a remote gravel road, surrounded by grass. The pups run and leap, chasing each other, and nipping at each other, playing.”

Luckily, for now, Flaws in OpenAI’s Sora Make It Possible to Detect Fake Videos, as seen above. This WSJ Explains video shares what to look for.

Soon, AI technology will be powerful enough to resolve many of these issues and may become a video tool for creatives. Could it also easily trick people? Could people begin to mistrust what they see in real videos?

Are these golden retriever puppies real or AI-generated?


File under media literacy and The Need for Media Literacy Education.

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