When artificial intelligence plays with the news

Generative AI, which uses existing content (texts, sounds, images) to create new ones, is now also inspired by current events.








Elon Musk as the savior of Ukraine, an image generated by Stable Diffusion.
Elon Musk as the savior of Ukraine, an image generated by Stable Diffusion.

JHow far can artificial intelligence surprise us? By slipping a few words into a computer program, more and more software is able to generate novels, sculptures or illustrations. Thus, it is by suggesting the phrase “In another effort to help all of humanity, Elon Musk has volunteered to lead the exit strategy from the Russian invasion of Ukraine via Twitter polls” that the program generated the image below. To do this, the AI ​​drew on the portraits available online of the new CEO of Twitter that it crossed with army uniforms to come out with the most plausible image possible. An image also parodies a meeting between Tim Cook and Kim Jong-un that never happened. Welcome to the world of generative AI: algorithms that draw inspiration from already existing content to create new ones… We can even expand the field of masterpieces like The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer, drawing inspiration from the artist’s universe: the function outpainting takes into account the visual elements of the original work – shadows, reflections and textures.

Copyright. New, these software able to offer us a new way of representing the world, such as Dall-E 2, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion, are more and more accessible to the general public. Admittedly, this flowering of creations, produced by man and machine, will undoubtedly raise questions of copyright. It will also be necessary to fight against racial or gender biases, as well as to be wary of the manipulations that this creative technique may fuel, such as deepfakesthese fake videos.

But industrial applications will abound on this model. “These new generative AIs will be able, over time, to design concept stores by integrating the charter of manufacturing constraints while basing themselves on the style of a great architect! » predicts Guillaume Rio, digital specialist at Echangeur BNP Paribas. “Generative AI is already being used to develop formulas that enable the genesis of new materials,” says Dany Tello, investor at Capgemini Ventures. Gartner predicts that by 2025, more than 30% of new drugs will be discovered using this new method. Generative AI will therefore broaden our field of research… provided that we remain in control §



  • “Tim Cook meets with Kim Jong-un to discuss buying North Korea” (an image generated by Stable Diffusion).

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    “The futuristic downtown of kyiv, with the crowd celebrating the victory of Ukraine” (an image generated by Midjourney).

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    “Greta Thunberg is Link in ‘Zelda Breath of the Wild'” (an image generated by Stable Diffusion).

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    “Astronaut on horseback” (an image generated by Dall-E 2).

Section edited by Guillaume Grallet

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When artificial intelligence plays with the news