Photo authentication software.

This is right up my alley. WIRED reports that Adobe, the makers of Photoshop, are working on photo authentication software that scans digital photos for “improbable sameness.” You can see in the picture at the left where the program has found too much of the same thing. This after the scandal over digital alteration of newswire photos of the Lebonese sky.

Fundamentally, our values as a company requires us to build tools to detect tampering, not just create tampering,” said Dave Story, vice president of product engineering at Adobe.

This speaks to a desire to reclaim authenticity in the age of mechanical reproduction by detecting mechanical reproduction. I have been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which repetition both confirm and deny the reality of a thing. This example is some kind of weird return of the real. I’ll have to think about it some more.