So, did everyone see that photo of Pope Francis decked out in more drip than you could ever imagine?
It’s just too creative and ‘unreal’ for the highest official of the Catholic Church to be wearing a white puffer coat for “papal drip.” And yet, many were fooled.
Yes, it really isn’t real. The image was generated through the AI image-generating app MidJourney. American Internet vlogger and personality Hank Green created a poll on his Twitter to see who thought that the image was real, fake, and wasn’t sure, and according to his poll (which he answered himself), 48.1% said that they thought the image was real, 23.3% said it was fake, 19% said that they weren’t sure, and the remaining 9.6% were those who had just wanted to see the results.
Reactions to the AI image were filled with just pure surprise. Others really hoped it was real, and tbh, we probably all did.
The boys in Brooklyn could only hope for this level of drip pic.twitter.com/MiqkcLQ8Bd
— Nikita S (@singareddynm) March 25, 2023
AI-generated image of Pope Francis goes viral online. pic.twitter.com/ap7N099wpy
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) March 25, 2023
What would be the name of the Pope Francis lifestyle brand? pic.twitter.com/PQf8ogP3PD
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) March 25, 2023
Pope Francis debuts a fashionable look. pic.twitter.com/op13F4vZYw
— Pop Hive (@thepophive) March 25, 2023
AI created Dope Francis (Pope Francis) pic.twitter.com/yXVivhoy7c
— Weird Confessions Uganda (@UG_confesses) March 26, 2023
An AI generated image of Pope Francis has created an online buzz leaving many thinking the picture is real.
📸 Courtesy. pic.twitter.com/SfSfTA7c7O
— Jackson Ngari (@Jacksonngari_) March 26, 2023
Pope Francis using a big white puffer jacket in the Vatican City, noon light, screen space Global illumination, lumen reflections, space Reflections, diffraction grading, chromatic aberration, ambient occlusion, realistic photograph, –v 5 pic.twitter.com/MziPKpRsyf
— El Malaguero (@ElMalaguero) March 25, 2023
Pope Francis looking like he's about to drop the hottest album of 2023 https://t.co/w94vlDDivQ
— Dan Elphick (@DanElphick) March 25, 2023
So it was Midjourney that generated this Pope Francis in a white puffer coat.
AI is coming for everyone 😂 pic.twitter.com/Nigr7sWZ3P
— Anambra 1st son💭 (@UchePOkoye) March 26, 2023
Were you fooled by these AI-generated images of Pope Francis looking stylish in a puffer jacket? And should what some are calling “the first real mass-level AI misinformation case” be a cause for concern? https://t.co/UJViDIntAj
— New Scientist (@newscientist) March 27, 2023
While it really does seem amazing that an artificial intelligence created this whole viral look of the Pope, it does give a reason why people should be a little cautious on the Internet, since it’s so easy to generate images, audio clips, and even videos out of anyone (celebs included). AI’s really out to fool every single one of us and even though it may be a little entertaining to see this play out at first, wait till AI beats everyone in the game.
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