Image Manipulation Concerns

Image Manipulation Concerns

What transpired in Mandanna's case is merely the tip of the iceberg, underscoring the broader implications and the potential for technology to be misused.

FPJ EditorialUpdated: Tuesday, November 07, 2023, 11:57 PM IST
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Rashmika Mandanna(Left) Amitabh Bachchan (Right) | File pic

Rashmika Mandanna, a prominent Bollywood actress, found herself at the centre of a disturbing incident when her photo was maliciously manipulated and merged with that of a scantily-clad woman, and the image was unleashed on social media. This concocted image rapidly gained notoriety, spreading like wildfire across various online platforms. It's a distressing reflection of the digital age we live in, where even celebrities aren't immune to the potential harm caused by malicious intent. Amitabh Bachchan, who had shared the screen with Mandanna in a film just the previous year, stepped forward in her defence. His words carry significant weight in the film industry and beyond, as he rightly emphasised the importance of holding those responsible for this heinous act accountable. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to perpetrate such an offence is a grave violation of privacy and ethics. The mere thought of exploiting AI to manipulate images for nefarious purposes is deeply troubling.

What transpired in Mandanna's case is merely the tip of the iceberg, underscoring the broader implications and the potential for technology to be misused. The ease with which AI can be harnessed for such deceptive purposes raises concerns about the growing trend of digital manipulation and its consequences for individuals' reputations and overall trust in the digital realm. This disturbing incident serves as a stark reminder that no one is immune to the potential fallout of digital deception. It could happen to anyone, irrespective of their public standing or profession. Legislation, education and technological advancements should work in concert to ensure that AI is harnessed for beneficial purposes and not misused to harm individuals. Protecting privacy, digital integrity, and reputation in the age of rapid technological advancements is an ongoing challenge that demands collective efforts.

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