Beware: AI Images on inat

I’ve been worried about this recently: How many of iNat’s observations are AI-generated? How will this affect the reliability of this database in the future? How long do we have until AI images become impossible to differentiate from human images? Safe to say, it is discouraging.

I wonder how iNaturalist plans to deal with these AI images, when they inevitably become more prevalent on iNat.

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Perhaps AI-detecting-AI can be used but this isn’t necessarily a completely new kind of issue. There have always been comparable issues with people taking images from the internet, photos of books and signs and computer screens, field sketches where we don’t know the source it was inspired by, etc.

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I think we’re still a ways away from this. I spend a decent chunk of time ID’ing and look for very specific traits in some organisms that AI never consistently replicates. Just like anything manmade the closer you look at them the more imperfect they are, the opposite of nature, as Robert Hooke noted in Micrographia back in 1665

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Considering that attempts at creating AI tools to recognize AI writing (ex. stuff from ChatGPT) have so far been utterly unsuccessful, we can’t be sure that will ever be possible.

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I haven’t read any of these links - but the ‘is it AI?’ issue is broader than iNat.
Especially for artists (and photographers) whose hard work is scraped.

https://ai-label.org/

https://www.deviantart.com/team/journal/New-Label-Requirement-for-AI-Artwork-966421077

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/deviantart-artficial-intelligence-ai-images-midjourney-stabilityai-art-1234674400/ - yes - an interesting read. For iNat the issue is more fact than art. ‘Pope in a puffer jacket’

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-tool-uses-poison-to-help-artists-protect-their-work-from-ai-scraping-180983183/

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I was hoping with with “a picture paints a thousands words” there’s a larger sample size of information to analyze and pick out discrepancies in image than text, but I haven’t researched this.

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on a somewhat unrelated note I must say that despite me not being that much of an AI enthusiast, this image I found of Shrek from Ghana is quite aesthetically pleasing. Anyone know the AI generated animal species in the background of photo?

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I see a grey lion, a grey cat, a nonspecific antelope, some sort of horrible creature,and a goat melting into another goat.

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On the topic of grey lions, is that even a potential mutation in the Panthera genus? If so they must look incredible.

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As goats are known to do sometimes.

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https://timbavati.krugerpark.co.za/Timbavati_Travel_Guide-travel/timbavati-wildlife.html - White Lions of Timbavati

(and this https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/cecil-the-lion-killer-dentist-walter-palmer-b2210315.html)

@owlshead-wren the horrible creature is an almost beaver.
And lots of bird-planes or plane-birds

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I really need to take a trip to South Africa ( or Africa in general). Observing a white lion would be a dream.

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What is the opium bird?

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this.

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Well, the one on the left is clearly a swift.

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That is obviously a Tusken raider

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3 teeth? Missed the bilateral symmetry.

@jasonhernandez74 on the far left is a wing that has broken free and is flying solo! Above it a pterodactyl (around the head)

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Wow, it’s oddly… regal :rofl:

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It looks more like a swift than a pterosaur to me.

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Here’s an arctic fox that I photographed in 2007 near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska about 15 miles from the Arctic Ocean. The date was May 24 and as you can see, it’s still mostly white except for the legs. This does bring up a point though, that the phenology should match the date of the observation. This might be another way to cross-check authenticity.

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