Incomprehensible AI images in scientific paper justify our worst fears

There are several concerning aspects of generative AI, and AI image generation in particular. There's the potential impact on creative jobs, and the fear that human creative work as we know it may cease to exist to be replaced with a nightmarish jumble of poor-quality content deemed 'good enough'. And then there's the fear of a complete collapse of human knowledge and science as it becomes impossible to know what to believe because so much material is nonsense made up by AI.

One place where AI imagery would never pass muster, of course, is in a scientific article. Scientific work is peer reviewed to ensure its validity, so a journal would never be able to print a paper full of obvious AI-generated nonsense, right? Only that's what's just happened (see our pick of the best AI image generators if you want to create your own phoney paper).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.