Following President Joe Biden’s announcement that he’s running for re-election, the Republican National Committee (RNC) was primed with a new attack ad. However, new for 2023, the ad uses AI-generated imagery to create almost-realistic visions of what might happen. This includes hypothetical domestic and international incidents the RNC suggests might happen if Biden wins again: “This morning, an emboldened China invades Taiwan,” a fake news announcer says.
The RNC told Axios it was the first time it had used a video made entirely with AI. The ad features a faint disclaimer in the top-left corner noting the ad was “built entirely with AI imagery.” Given I thought the Pope in a puffer jacket was real, this is, unfortunately, probably just the start.
– Mat Smith
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Possibly the most powerful portable gaming PC yet.
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The early access version of Opera’s redesigned browser coming out later this year.
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