During the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, his lawyer argued that footage shown on the iPad by the prosecution is unreliable because Apple’s pinch-in zoom technology uses AI to fake something that is not real.
In August 2020, when unrest broke out after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin, 17-years old Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and wounded another man at two locations. Armed with an AR-15 rifle, Rittenhouse said he was there to protect a car dealership and was carrying an arm for protection.
Defending their client with six criminal charges, the defense lawyer Mark Richards objected to playback of footage of the night when Rittenhouse shot and killed two people and injured another. Repeated calling algorithm, “logarithms” the defense lawyer insisted that Apple uses artificial intelligence technology in iPad’s which completely changes the images when they are zoomed-in.
“iPads, which are made by Apple, have artificial intelligence in them that allow things to be viewed through three-dimensions and logarithms. It uses artificial intelligence, or their logarithms, to create what they believe is happening. So this isn’t actually enhanced video, this is Apple’s iPad programming creating what it thinks is there, not what necessarily is there.”
As inane as the argument is, Judge Bruce Schroeder was shockingly convinced by the defense’s explanation and put the burden on the prosecution to prove that iPad’s pinch-to-zoom does not manipulate the image. Furthermore, he did not even give the prosecution time to get an expert to testify against the argument, “maybe you can get someone to testify on this within minutes, I don’t know”.
Judge Schroeder is now making prosecutor Thomas Binger call an expert witness to determine whether zooming in on an iPad alters the image. pic.twitter.com/wqplCVjapq
— The Recount (@therecount) November 10, 2021