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It’s time for your midweek feelings check-in. What’s good?
If you need a pick-me-up, listen to “The Ethereum Foundation needs a creative director” podcast with Reggie James.
This can’t end well. Deepfakes.lol is a new app that lets you pick a celeb, type in any script, and generate a deepfake video of them “lip-syncing” whatever lurks in the dark minds of internet users. The ability to create realistic looking videos of celebs and politicians saying anything, especially as we enter an election year? Yikes. This app comes on the heels of cybersecurity experts warning that the next wave of scams might look like criminals impersonating your boss on a Zoom call. While this isn’t the first (and won’t be the last) app of its kind, we gotta hand it to the creators that the name deepfakes.lol really nails the whole “dystopia! ” vibe.
Good vibes. Researchers at Berkeley and UCSF have been working with a stroke patient to translate her brain waves into speech. The patient, Ann, had an unexplainable stroke at age 30 that left her with “locked-in syndrome.” Her cognitive function is still 100%, but her body is paralyzed and she is unable to use the muscles necessary for speech. By training an AI algorithm on her brain waves via electrodes, researchers have been able to create an avatar for Ann that allows her to have conversations with her family by thinking the words. Feeling!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Corporate girlies rejoice. OpenAI has released ChatGPT Enterprise, meaning large businesses can now upgrade to an über-secure, super fast, and more capable model - tailored to their company. The biggest selling point is that OpenAI won’t use customer data to train their models, alleviating the biggest concern large corps had with their employees using ChatGPT. It’s been a long time coming since the company hinted at this launch, and our favorite corporate espionage hot take is they took a page out of the Amazon Basics book: let startups build enterprise offerings on top of their platform, see which ones resonated with customers, and then just bring those features in-house. We are starved for some board room drama without Succession — let us have this.
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