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Fake, AI-generated photo of Pentagon explosion causes brief drop in US stocks

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A fake photo of a terrifying explosion at the Pentagon circulated the internet Monday, but not before causing panic in the stock market. “A purportedly AI-generated photo of a fake explosion at the Pentagon spread rapidly on social media on Monday – prompting mass confusion among users and a brief selloff in the US stock market” reports the New York Post.

As the photo was shared on social media platforms, US stocks took a dip; fortunately recovery occurred “quickly”. The Post reported that the photo showing billowing smoke “was shared by Russian state media outlet and other accounts alongside claims that an explosion has occurred at the complex. RT later deleted the image.”

The scare is the latest example of the global damages and repercussions that can occur due to artificial intelligence. The Post gives additional examples: “Previously, social media users were tricked by viral AI-generated images of Pope Francis wearing a Balenciaga puffer jacket and of former President Donald Trump clashing with the NYPD while being arrested.”

 

 

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Islamic Republic of Iran offering free college tuition to U.S. students expelled for supporting pro-Hamas protests

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The president of Shiraz University in Iran offered free tuition for any of the American pro-Hamas students causing disruption on college campuses if their actions resulted in expulsion.

“Students and even professors who have been expelled or threatened with expulsion can continue their studies at Shiraz University, and I think that other universities in Shiraz, as well as Fars Province, are also prepared,” Mohammad Moazzeni, the school’s leader, told the state-owned Press TV.

The Associated Press reported that more than 2,000 individuals have been arrested at various college locations throughout the U.S. in recent demonstrations against Israel’s military operations in Gaza.

Several other universities in Iran have reportedly joined the endeavor. Shahid Beheshti University’s president, Mahmoud Aghamiri, said that his institution has “considered scholarships for these students and will fully pay for their education, dormitory, and stay.”

Foreign Desk News reports that notable violent incidents have occurred at Brown University, Columbia University, California State Polytechnic University, Emerson College, Emory University, George Washington University, New York University, the University of North Carolina, Portland State University, Yale University, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Pro-Islamic Republic regime-controlled media outlets in Iran broadcasted live images of Thursday’s confrontations between police and anti-Israel agitators at UCLA, where at least 200 arrests were made.

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