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Member Update | Gfycat Uses Artificial Intelligence to Fight Deepfakes Porn

Member Update | Gfycat Uses Artificial Intelligence to Fight Deepfakes Porn

We do a lot of student tours of our space and one thing we can count on like clockwork is the astonished reaction from students when they find out Gfycat is an Edmonton-founded company that has deep roots in the community. Gfycat lets you create, discover and share awesome GIFs, amazing moments and funny reactions. If you see a GIF on Reddit, it's most likely powered by Gfycat. 

This week, WIRED covered the strides our friends are making to identify a form of AI technology called deepfakes. Deepfakes are videos that use AI to paste a celebrity face onto someone else's body in a video with uncanny accuracy. When it comes to celebrity or revenge porn, according to SARAH RENSE in Esquire it's legal quicksand. "Legally, there is little protection against deepfakes because the body doing the act isn't the celebrity's own. These videos aren't made from illegally stolen nudes, and as Wired wrote, "You can’t sue someone for exposing the intimate details of your life when it’s not your life they’re exposing." You can even drag the First Amendment into it, defending deepfakes as art, satire, and "free speech" because they weren't technically created illegally." 
 

Image: Wired, February 14, 2018. Photo Credit: HOTLITTLEPOTAT

August Update: Shared milestones, Preflight 1 - applications open, DemoCamp 37, and more job postings!

August Update: Shared milestones, Preflight 1 - applications open, DemoCamp 37, and more job postings!

I hope this holiday weekend finds you well! This month we have the opportunity to share milestones from some of our member and alumni companies. It's a pleasure to see our city's startup community support and champion so many founders (and their teams) as they launch and grow tech-enabled companies. 

There is no better time than now to get started on your idea or share your product with the community. Currently, we have applications open for: 

  • Preflight 1: Preflight is our year-round program dedicated to supporting your efforts to build, launch, and grow a tech-enabled product. Our next round of guided sessions starts August 22.
  • DemoCamp 37:  A startup community classic! Join us for technical show-and-tell on September 27. 
  • Launch Party 8: We're looking for amazing tech-enabled companies for our flagship Edmonton Startup Week event on October 19.

Photo credit: Poppy Barley - Facebook