Ethics in Image Manipulation

Tuesday, 1 August
3:45 - 5:30 pm
Room 253

For a very small investment, anyone can access the tools required to make significant yet undetectable changes to photographs and other images. The SIGGRAPH community can take much of the credit for this amazing progress. Should we also take the responsibility? Should SIGGRAPH get more involved in public policy?

Some recent examples of significant unethical applications: Image manipulation is essential in the visual effects industry, but it is discouraged in research and journalism. And there are many gray areas. When is image manipulation appropriate? How should the SIGGRAPH community respond to unethical applications of what we have created? Where do we draw the line, and should we draw it? How do we teach these ethics to our students?

Kathryn Carlson
Fluid Effect

Brian DeLevie
University of Colorado at Denver

Aude Oliva
Massachusetts Institute of Technology