Mark Richards, one of Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers, argued that using an iPad to zoom in on a video should not be allowed because Apple’s AI creates “what it thinks is there, not what necessarily is there.” Judge Bruce Schroeder totally bought into that possibility and ruled that the jurors were only allowed to view the video in its original size.
Is it true? Does the pinch-and-zoom capability on an iPad alter an image? The actual answer doesn’t matter. The obvious and most important point is that the ability (or simply a path) to cast doubt on the veracity of video documentation is all that is needed to stoke the fears and taint the minds of anyone not schooled in the art.
Importantly, without close analysis of a video file, no one is technically capable of 100% certainty. Now, add in deepfakes and the near ubiquitous use of computational photography to enhance smartphone images as they are taken and we have the recipe for a “that’s not a real image” defense for every image presented.
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