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Social media is becoming a gallery of AI-generated images, some bordering on the surreal, as creators use the technology to bait engagement. With little transparency from platforms like Facebook, scammers and spammers can push out unreal content, often with URLs to ad-laden sites.

AI-generated images are flooding Facebook, and some scammers and spammers are leveraging the technology to create content that’s cheap, engaging, and often very bizarre. The rise of AI-generated content has raised calls for clearer labeling, with Facebook set to begin applying a "Made with AI" label to some content in May.

Meanwhile, legitimate creators are capitalizing on the visual trickery, knowing full well the algorithm’s appetite for bizarre images.

As the technology evolves, platforms will need to address how they label and moderate AI-generated content to ensure users aren’t being duped and that “weird trick” posts don’t drown out authentic material.

Takeaways:

  1. Facebook’s algorithm appears to be pushing AI-generated content, including the stuff posted by scammers and spammers.

  2. By posting visually appealing, unique, and often strange AI-generated images, scammers and spammers are able to generate high levels of engagement.

  3. Ethical content creators are also starting to use AI-generated images for engagement, as well as traditional prompts like “rate my art” posts that ask users to react to AI-created paintings.

  4. To avoid a future where online spaces are filled with artificially generated content, platform operators face the daunting challenge of figuring out how to label, detect, and moderate AI-generated posts and videos without foisting incorrect labels on genuinely creative content.

PRODUCTION MASTERY
The commercial aspects of creativity.

From the series Porcelain Souls © Inuuteq Storch

The Venice Biennale is a melting pot for modern art, but this year’s ‘Foreigners Everywhere’ exhibition is showing that photography may be the best lens into the world’s cultural diaspora. This year’s edition is spotlighting photography in a refreshing departure from its typical focus on painting and sculpture.

While the main exhibition is a melting pot of mediums, photography stands out for its potent blend of truth and testimony. Curator Adriano Pedrosa’s exhibition, “Foreigners Everywhere”, features lens-based work from over 30 international artists, including installations from Pablo Delano and Nil Yalter that blend multimedia elements.

River Claure, Warawar Wawa, 2020

But don't mistake this lens renaissance for a lack of experimentalism – national pavilions are home to boundary-pushing visual storytellers – but it’s more documentary than imaginative. It’s a year for photography to make itself seen and heard – and it's doing just that in the City of Masks.

That’s not to suggest the work isn’t aesthetically interesting – photographers including South Africa’s Sabelo Mlangeni and Greenland’s Inuuteq Storch offer refreshing presentations of their local communities – but it’s more documentary than imaginative.

Pablo Delano, The Museum of the Old Colony, 2024, installation view

It’s a refreshing pivot for an art world notoriously slow to react, and with photographers like Pablo Delano using archival photos to explore Puerto Rico’s place in the empire, we’re reminded that sometimes the best way to depict the world’s marginalized is with the medium they know best.

CREATOR ECONOMY
Navigating the digital creative world.

The US is once again trying to kick TikTok out of the country. US President Biden just signed a law that will force the app's Chinese parent company, ByteDance, to sell or spin off the US operations within a year.

Biden’s move comes as part of a plan to help out Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel. It’s a big change from Tuesday when the Senate and House both approved the bill. On Wednesday, Rachel Sutherland confirmed that the Senate voted to support it.

But, the news isn’t totally shocking since the US has been raising concerns about TikTok’s Chinese ties for years. Remember that the Trump administration tried to ban TikTok last year.

TikTok has pledged to challenge the law in court, arguing that it's unconstitutional and would have a devastating impact on businesses and users.

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📽️ VISUAL CREATORS

AI firms including Google, OpenAI, and Microsoft vowed to combat the creation and spread of AI-generated child sexual abuse material.

Tate Britain unveils Turner Prize shortlist: Pio Abad, Claudette Johnson, Jasleen Kaur, and Delaine Le Bas in the running for the prestigious £25K arts award.

📈 PRODUCTION MASTERY

Italian lighting manufacturer Maxima unveils the Furiosa: a 80,000-lumen, bi-color LED that weighs 6.7 kg and runs on just 800W.

Indie filmmakers are jazzing up their productions with 3D-printed props. It’s affordable, sustainable, and adds a splash of visual flair.

🎭 CREATOR ECONOMY

Biden signs bill on ByteDance/TikTok sell-off or ban, leaving social media strategists pondering their diversification plans.

Apple cuts orders for its $3.5K Vision Pro headset, signaling lower demand than expected. The future of Apple's more affordable AR/VR tech now uncertain.

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