A hot potato: Defense attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse has claimed that Apple is using “artificial intelligence” to manipulate images when users pinch to zoom on iPads. The trial judge said it was up to the prosecution to prove this to be false.
Rittenhouse is currently on trial for killing two protesters and injuring a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25 of last year. He was charged with homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. Rittenhouse and his lawyers claim he acted in self-defense.
During cross-examination yesterday, Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards objected to Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger’s plans to present footage showing the teenager shooting Joseph Rosenbaum. The reason? Binger was going to use the iPad’s pinch-to-zoom feature.
“IPads, which are made by Apple, contain artificial intelligence that makes it possible to see things in three dimensions and in logarithms,” Richards noted, also showing that he does not know the difference between logarithms and algorithms. “And it uses artificial intelligence, or their logarithms, to create what they believe is happening. So it’s not actually enhanced video; it’s Apple’s iPad programming that creates what it thinks is happening. to be there, not what is necessarily there. “
Binger responded by noting that almost everyone understands what pinching to zoom involves and that the feature does not alter the image as Richards claims.
Judge Schroeder said it would be “high risk” to show the video in court without first refuting the defense claims. Therefore, the onus was on the prosecution to prove that Apple does not manipulate the images when the pinch-to-zoom is used. He also rejected comparisons between pinching to zoom and using a magnifying glass. “I don’t believe it,” the judge said.
Judge Schroeder asked the prosecution to bring in an expert to testify, but did not allow them to adjourn to find someone until Rittenhouse was cross-examined. The judge also suggested prosecutors find an expert during a 20-minute break, but it appears no one could be found or made it to trial during that time.
The jury ultimately watched footage of the incident on a Windows device connected to a large TV. There was no zoom and the images did not fill the entire screen.
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