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Real Fake Newsletter – Issue #126

Sander Duivestein
August 29, 2023

AI Has Already Created As Many Images As Photographers Have Taken in 150 Years. Statistics for 2023

  • More than 15 billion images created using text-to-image algorithms since last year. To put this in perspective, it took photographers 150 years, from the first photograph taken in 1826 until 1975, to reach the 15 billion mark.
  • Since the launch of DALLE-2, people are creating an average of 34 million images per day.
  • The fastest-growing product is Adobe Firefly, the suite of AI algorithms built into Adobe Photoshop. It reached 1 billion images created in just three months since its launch.
  • Midjourney has 15 million users, the largest user base of any image generation platform for which we have publicly available statistics. Compare: Adobe Creative Cloud, which consists of Adobe Photoshop and other graphic design and video editing software, including the generative AI tool Adobe Firefly, has 30 million users, according to Prodesigntools.
  • Approximately 80% of the images (i.e. 12.590 billion) were created using models, services, platforms, and applications based on Stable Diffusion, which is open source.

Read here the complete article.

Cost of AI Deepfake Scams to Soar to $10.5 Trillion by 2025

“The rise of advanced scam technology, fueled by artificial intelligence (AI), has become a pressing concern for regulators, law enforcement, and the financial industry as cybercrime scam costs are projected to surpass $8 trillion in 2023 and reach $10.5 trillion by 2025, surpassing Japan’s economic output.”

Three Stages of AI

“While it’s possible that we will crack these very hard problems, it’s close to impossible that AI will become automagically conscious, just like unicorns won’t materialize out of nothing. AI models will continue to be nothing more than powerful tools with an off-switch until such a time.”

My Generation

The world whose most important narratives are shaped by algorithms, and in which the horror of selling out no longer has any purchase at all, since the ideal of authenticity has been switched out for the hope of virality. […] Likes, retweets, upvotes, customer feedback, and algorithmic incentivization had already won out over any ideal, however imperfect, of self-government, autonomy, saying what you think, striving to know your own mind, loving the truth while always remembering how hard it is to find it.”

Why is Everyone Using Their Phones in Movie Theaters?

“Audiences’ viewing habits have shifted over the years, thanks to elements like the rise of streaming and the commodification of entertainment as a means to viral fame. The moviegoing experience is more about the photographer than the content of the film. The real focus here is not the thing in front of the camera but the person smirking behind it.”

About the author

Trend Watcher – New Media, Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Sander Duivestein (1971) is a highly acclaimed and top-rated trendwatcher, an influential author, an acclaimed keynote speaker, a digital business entrepreneur, and a strategic advisor on disruptive innovations. His main focus is the impact of new technologies on people, businesses and society.


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