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AI/Machine Learning

A newspaper created an AI version of Sam Kerr holding a trophy and it’s a lesson in why humans still matter

- September 28, 2023 2 MIN READ
Sam Kerr, AI
The AFR's Sam Kerr AI-generated photo
Nine newspaper The Australian Financial Review celebrates a bunch of people in its annual “Power” issue of the AFR Magazine tomorrow.

Among them is Matildas captain Sam Kerr as the top of the ladder when it comes to people “who made the biggest mark on culture this year” as “arguably Australia’s most successful sportsperson on the world stage”.

To illustrate her success, they used an AI-generated image of the soccer superstar holding a trophy (we’re not sure which one, but it’s not the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and if anyone recognises it let us know).

The AFR acknowledges the image was made by AI. And we won’t speculate why they chose to use that over so many alternatives, given that Kerr has held up dozens of trophies up in her career, including three golden boots, 2018 Young Australian of the Year, Australian Women’s Footballer of the Year five times, the Football Media Association’s International Player of the Year twice, Best International Women’s Soccer Player three times, FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year twice and for the last three years, and more recently, as “no more predictable villain” in scoring both the winning goal and player of the match in Chelsea’s third Women’s FA Cup win in a row.

But what’s clear is no one looked too closely at the image before publishing it. Alternatively, Kerr has some remarkable physical features at the end of her arm that exceed the incredible talents at the end of her leg.

A close up of the AFR's Sam Kerr AI-generated photo with her "holding" the trophy in one hand

A close up of the AFR’s Sam Kerr AI-generated photo with her “holding” the trophy in one hand.

An interesting aspect of this use of generative AI is how artificial intelligence is now being used to identify people via facial recognition, from opening your iPhone to police finding law breakers in a crowd. But it’s not yet at a stage where it can look at an image and go “yeah, nah, too many fingers”.

It’s a reminder of why technology still needs human oversight, for all the mistakes we make.

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