News organizations, camera makers, and tech companies create a web tool called Verify for checking the authenticity of images for free. It’s being adopted by Nikon, Sony, and Canon.
Camera companies are looking to fight the rise of AI-generated images by embedding digital signatures in the photos.
Nikon, for instance, plans to start offering mirrorless cameras with authentication technology built in for photojournalists and other professional photographers. The technology will embed tamper-resistant digital signatures, including the date and time a photo was taken as well as its location and the photographer, Nikkei Asia reports.
A group of news organizations, camera makers, and technology companies have joined together to create a web tool called Verify for checking the authenticity of images for free. If the image has a digital signature, the site will display the date, location, and other credentials for the image.
The authentication technology is now adopted by Nikon, Sony, and Canon. Sony plans to expand the lineup of compatible camera models and lobby others to do the same and will incorporate digital signatures into its professional-grade mirrorless SLRs via a firmware update this year. Canon also plans to release a camera with the technology as early as next year. The technology was tested by Sony and the Associated Press this past October.
In addition to marking images as real images, some other companies are looking at ways of identifying AI images as well. Last year, Intel developed a way to to determine whether an image was real by analyzing skin color changes. In August, Google also released a tool to add invisible watermarks to AI-generated images.
AI images are becoming more commonplace in the world, making it harder to determine their authenticity. Earlier this year a popular free AI image detector labeled a photo of an infant killed in Hamas’ recent attack on Israel as being generated by AI even though it is likely real.