Watching the detectives: Suspicious marketing claims for tools that spot AI-generated content

A common trope crossing the science fiction and mystery genres is a human detective paired with a robot. Think I, Robot, based on the novels of Isaac Asimov, or Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E., a show-within-a-show familiar to Friends fans. For our purposes, consider a short-lived TV series called Holmes & Yoyo, in which a detective and his android partner try to solve crimes despite Yoyo’s constant malfunctions. Let’s take from this example the principle – it’s elementary – that you can’t assume perfection from automated detection tools. Please keep that principle in mind when making or seeing claims that a tool can reliably detect if content is AI-generated.

In previous posts, we’ve identified concerns about the deceptive use of generative AI tools that allow for deepfakes and voice cloning and for manipulation-by-chatbot. Researchers and companies have been working for years on technological means to identify images, video, audio, or text as genuine, altered, or generated. This work includes developing tools that can add something to content before it is disseminated, such as authentication tools for genuine content and ways to “watermark” generated content.

Another method of separating the real from the fake is to use tools that apply to content after dissemination. In a 2022 report to Congress, we discussed some highly worthwhile research efforts to develop such detection tools for deepfakes, while also exploring their enduring limitations. These efforts are ongoing with respect to voice cloning and generated text as well, though, as we noted recently, detecting the latter is a particular challenge.

With the proliferation of widely available generative AI tools has come a commensurate rise in detection tools marketed as capable of identifying generated content. Some of these tools may work better than others. Some are free and some charge you for

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Homeowners concerned about unexpected suspicious visitors at their front doorway

COLORADO SPRINGS — Information5 followed up on this tale soon after having a phone from a viewer who filed a law enforcement report immediately after a new interaction with an unexpected customer at her front door.

The viewer tells Information 5 an individual unexpectedly came to her doorway saying to be with a heating business. She states she told him she was not expecting him and maybe he had the mistaken address, but that is when she said he became aggressive and insisted on going within of her property. She shut the doorway and he remaining, but she was so shaken up she filed a law enforcement report and then reached out to us at News5.

Now, we’re getting out interactions like this could be going on far more usually than you would think.

”Oh, it happens a ton. I have experienced a lot of conditions like that already. That is why we have neighborhood look at and we have meeting two times a calendar year since we are conversing about it continually,” stated regional Neighborhood Watch leader Kim Almquist.

She has been a element of her community’s Neighborhood Watch for 10 decades now and claims one of the top concerns for folks yr immediately after 12 months is figuring out how to offer with somebody unexpectedly exhibiting up at their door.

”So, I always test to glance out my window in advance of I answer the door. I have obtained a storm doorway which is locked and I discuss to individuals by way of the storm door, not opening the doorway,” stated Almquist.

Colorado Springs Law enforcement Office officers say suspicious doorway to doorway interactions are one thing they are anxious about.

”We do see it yearly… various moments in the course of the calendar year,” mentioned CSPD Crime

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