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Google introduces new features to help identify AI images in Search and elsewhere

TechCrunch: “Google is taking its first steps toward combating the potential for misinformation arising from AI-generated images. Complementing its announcements at its I/O developer event this afternoon, the company also introduced two new features coming to Google Search that aim to help people better understand the content and the context of the image they’re viewing in the search results. This includes the addition of more background information about the image itself within an “About this image” feature, as well as new markup in the file itself that will allow images to be labeled as “AI-generated.” The company says the new features are an extension of its existing work to include more visual literacy and to help people more quickly asses whether an image is credible or AI-generated. However, these tools alone will not likely address the wider problem of AI images used to mislead or misinform — much of which will take place outside of Google’s walls and where creators won’t play by the rules. The first new addition, arriving in the “coming months,” will introduce more context about images in an “About this image” feature…”

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