Judge accepts Rittenhouse attorney’s inept argument that Apple’s pinch-to-zoom manipulates images

As Kyle Rittenhouse spoke to answer questions about the sequence of events before he shot and killed a man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the jury was forced to watch the video evidence in miniature – because the Rittenhouse’s defense attorney came up with the crazy idea that Apple has “artificial intelligence” that manipulates images when you pinch to zoom on an iPad, and Judge Bruce Schroeder has totally accepted that possibility.

“The iPads, which are made by Apple, contain artificial intelligence that makes it possible to visualize things through three dimensions and logarithms,” insisted the defense. “It uses artificial intelligence, or their logarithms, to create what they believe is happening. So it’s not really an enhanced video, it’s Apple’s iPad programming that creates what it thinks is there, not what is necessarily there, ”they added.

Although it is not clear from a full video of the procedure (Going through The Washington Post) whether the judge effectively barred the prosecution from using an iOS device or zooming in on the footage, the result was the same: instead of using an iPad, the jury ended up watching the clips originals zoomed out on a Windows machine connected to a large television in the courtroom. The images did not fill the entire TV screen.

Justice Schroeder argued that it was the prosecution – not the defense – that bore the burden of proving that Apple does not use artificial intelligence to manipulate images, requiring that they provide an expert to testify, and did not allow the prosecution to adjourn to find that expert before subjecting Rittenhouse to cross-examination. The judge suggested that prosecutors might somehow find this expert while they took a brief 20-minute break. “Maybe you can get someone to testify on this in a few minutes, I don’t know,” the judge said.

While the nature of reality when it comes to digital images is thorny when it comes to things like color, digital image scaling is fairly well understood.

There are six criminal charges against Rittenhouse in connection with the Kenosha shooting. He is accused of having killed two people.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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