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Google's AI-powered Magic Editor will not work if you try to alter images of ID cards, receipts, human faces, or body parts. The feature, now available in the Google Photos app on the latest Pixel 8 smartphones, uses generative AI to edit images. Users can do all sorts of things like removing unwanted objects, like people in …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "removing unwanted objects, like people in the background"

    That's nothing, soviet photographers could remove people from the foreground.

    1. seven of five

      So can Mossad.

  2. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

    Won't???????

    I think that it should be

    "It won't yet..."

    All it needs is someone to get into the ML data and everyone can have an ID that makes them look like No 45 or for those of us in the UK, Bojo.

  3. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Angel

    Definitely not a click-bait picture

    Nooo. of course not. I just happened to stumble in here by accident.

    1. IceC0ld

      Re: Definitely not a click-bait picture

      yea, just wondering if we have a ZOOM option here at all, asking for a friend :o)

      1. PRR Silver badge

        Re: Definitely not a click-bait picture

        >> Re: Definitely not a click-bait picture

        > yea, just wondering if we have a ZOOM option here at all, asking for a friend :o)

        Horn-dogs.

        Right-click, "Open IMAGE in new tab", then Ctrl-+ Ctrl-+ Ctrl-+ Ctrl-+ (or Ctrl-MouseWheel) until your eyes go bad.

        Ha! Just chop the URL crop parameters: https://regmedia.co.uk/2017/02/10/woman_selfie.jpg

        I'd bet a whole penny that an Image Search would turn up the sample ElReg uses, with bigger/better according to your urge/budget. But not worth it.

        Hint: Adobe Stock has copies up to 5884 x 3923px

  4. Youngone Silver badge

    Stupid Google, spoiling everyone's fun

    No ID cards, receipts, human faces, or body parts? What's the point then?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Stupid Google, spoiling everyone's fun

      "No ID cards, receipts, human faces, or body parts"

      Yet !!!

      Some enterprising bod will work out how to 'work around' the restrictions ..... as usual

      :)

      1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

        Re: Stupid Google, spoiling everyone's fun

        Just use Photoshop, no limits at all once you learn how to use it.

    2. The Man Who Fell To Earth Silver badge
      FAIL

      Re: Stupid Google, spoiling everyone's fun

      Especially since you can do it manually in Paint.

  5. DS999 Silver badge

    Why would you use it to make a fake ID?

    You don't need AI for that, just a simple photo editor (nowhere near Photoshop level is required) can be used to replace the picture in the ID with your picture, or change a digit or two in a photo of your own ID to make you old enough to buy alcohol. The biggest obstacle would be an inability for the average person to print the ID with a hologram or other anti counterfeiting tech that IDs have these days.

    I am reliably informed however the way college students get fake IDs these days is to order them on the internet. They can produce an ID with any photo, name, birth date, etc. for any state you want for about $100 that are nearly perfect vs the real thing - but of course can't fool anyone with an ability to look up the information directly from the issuing state.

    1. Falmari Silver badge

      Re: Why would you use it to make a fake ID?

      @DS999 "Why would you use it to make a fake ID?" Is that really the right question as it would not make a fake ID just a faked photo of an ID. I think the correct question is "Do you need it to make a fake ID?"

      No you do not, as you pointed out it's easy to alter a photo of an ID. Google know this too so why restrict IDs and receipts? I think its because all the hype over AI and it's potential risks (security and fraud) from fakes Google can show that they are taking these risks seriously and acting responsibly even when those risks already exist.

      In the case AI being used to create fake photos of IDs there is a huge potential for fraud not just from physical fake IDs. The real threat is because we are being asked for photos of ID as a form of identification. So while it make look good not allowing AI to create fake ID photos and we can all make a sigh of relief that the potential for fraud has be averted nothing was actually achieved. It's already easy to doctor a photo of an ID and AI not going to make it any easier.

  6. Sleep deprived
    Happy

    Body parts cannot be edited

    So dick pics can't be enhanced?

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