A picture of Pope Francis in a thick down jacket made the rounds like wildfire. The problem: the photo was never taken. This is likely to happen much more often in the future.

Don’t believe any statistics you haven’t falsified yourself, Churchill is supposed to have said. And in the age of the Internet, we have long since gotten used to the fact that images and videos cannot be trusted either. With the latest leaps in artificial intelligence, however, this is likely to worsen quickly. The most recent example: a supposed picture of Pope Francis that made the rounds rapidly over the weekend.