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Dubai To Issue Licenses To Support AI And Web3 Businesses

The licenses will be 90% subsidized and support the emirate’s push to transform itself into a digital society.



dubai to issue licenses to support ai and web3 businesses

Dubai will issue commercial licenses to help artificial intelligence and Web3 startups to set up businesses as the UAE aims to attract more investment and further digitize its economy.

The licenses will be issued by the AI and Web 3.0 Campus through the Dubai International Financial Center and will be 90% subsidized, the DIFC said on Monday.

The activities will include AI research and consultancies, IT infrastructure, technology research and development, and public networking services.

“We are confident that by granting these licenses, we will attract more global talent and investment to the region and create a culture of collaboration and innovation. This is a notable milestone for the Dubai AI and Web3 Campus and will strengthen Dubai’s position as the business destination of choice for technology-focused companies,” explained Mohammad Alblooshi, chief executive of the DIFC Innovation Hub.

Launched in June, the campus aims to form the largest cluster of AI and Web3 companies in the MENA region. DIFC aims to attract over 500 companies by 2028, bring $300 million in funds, and create more than 3,000 jobs over the next five years.

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AI has rapidly gained traction as the digital economy grows and countries continue to encourage its adoption. The technology is already in widespread use for online shopping, search engines, smart homes, data analysis, speech and face recognition systems, and more.

For businesses, AI could add between $2.6 trillion and $4.4 trillion annually, according to a recent study from McKinsey. Web3, meanwhile, encompasses blockchain and general decentralization and is projected to contribute $15 billion to GCC economies annually by 2030.


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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.



adobe teases new ai editing tools and updates in premiere pro

After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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