AI can now create photo-realistic police sketches – and there's a BIG problem

AI Sketch Artist
Screenshot of Forensic Sketch AI-rtist by Sasha Luccioni, a Research Scientist at Hugging Face (Image credit: Sasha Luccioni / EagleAI)

AI is becoming more problematic by the minute. Is there anything that it can't create? The latest software causing a stir is the Forensic Sketch AI-rtist program, which can generate photo-realistic police sketches of potential suspects in an attempt to cut down the time it would usually take a sketch artist to draw.

The program was created back in December 2022 by two developers, who call themselves EagleAI, using the existing OpenAI DALL•E 2 image generation model to create a realistic image from a text prompt – or in this case, a witness description. 

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.