On May 22, 2023, an AI-generated image of an explosion at the U.S. Pentagon went around Twitter. The image was convincing enough that many people believed it to be real, and the stock market reacted accordingly. The S&P 500 index shed $500 billion in value in the hours following the image’s release.
The fake explosion image was created by a user on the social media platform Discord. The user, who has not been identified, used an AI program to generate the image. The image was then shared on Twitter, where it quickly went viral.
The image was so convincing that many people believed it to be real. Some people even took to Twitter to express their condolences to the victims of the explosion. However, it soon became clear that the image was fake. The Pentagon released a statement saying that there had been no explosion at the building.
The fake explosion image had a significant impact on the stock market. The S&P 500 index, which tracks the performance of the 500 largest companies in the United States, shed $500 billion in value in the hours following the image’s release. The decline in the stock market was likely due to investors’ fear that the explosion would have a negative impact on the economy.
The fake explosion image is a reminder of the power of AI. AI can be used to create realistic images that can be difficult to distinguish from real images. This raises concerns about the potential for AI to be used to spread misinformation and to manipulate public opinion.
It is important to be aware of the potential for AI to be used to create fake news and other forms of misinformation. When you see an image or a video that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research before sharing anything on social media.