human perception 

vs 

machine-derived ephemera



beta testing

 
Look Closely is first and foremost an experiment in human perception, angled toward discerning the public’s level of familiarity with generative media. Participants are shown a series of images and tasked with deciding whether each one was an AI-generated image, or a human-sourced photograph. 

Throughout the experiment, I became less interested in whether or not people could differentiate between the two, but when it mattered if they couldn’t. The following question is one I found myelf routinely confounded by throughout the experience.

Is there harm in generatively visualizing something that is true?