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Samsung’s Moon Shots Force Us to Ask How Much AI Is Too Much


Have you heard the moon conspiracy theory? No, not the one about the moon landings. It’s about the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, and the theory it fabricates pictures of the moon, creating images that are far more detailed than the camera itself can actually capture.

Is it true? The reality is a bit more complicated than a pure yes or no answer. And the closer you look, the more you realize that whether a photo is “real” or not is something you can ask of most of the photos you take with a phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Moongate saga began when Reddit user ibreakphotos posted about their own experiments with moon photography. Their claim is that when someone shoots the moon using the phone’s super-extended hybrid zoom mode, Samsung effectively puts a lunar texture on the images.

This is something Samsung denies. We reached out to ...


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