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Saudi Arabia And UAE Join The Global Rush For AI Dominance

As operational expenses for AI soar, the race is on to purchase as many high-performance Nvidia chips as possible.



saudi arabia and uae join the global rush for ai dominance

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are now part of the global race to buy up thousands of Nvidia A100 and H100 chips, two of the company’s high-performance processors, due to their pivotal role in Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) development.

The Nvidia H100 chip, with a massive price tag of $40,000, is the world’s first processor designed specifically for GenAI. Saudi Arabia already has a stash of over 3,000 of the chips at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Meanwhile, the UAE has access to thousands of Nvidia processors and has even developed a unique large language model, known as Falcon, at the Technology Innovation Institute.

The ongoing global chip shortage is contributing to the scarcity and pricing of the processors, and the total cost for server infrastructure is expected to exceed $76 billion by 2028. OpenAI, the leading player in the field, currently runs ChatGPT on a cloud infrastructure costing millions of dollars per day to run. At the same time, the massive amounts of computing power required by these AI systems is also responsible for driving up energy consumption and other related expenses.

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The global scramble for high-performance Nvidia chips reflects AI’s pivotal role in shaping modern, digital-first economies. The ambitions of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to play leading roles in AI development come at significant financial costs and underscore the need for highly efficient computing methods. The development of AI involves not only scientific innovation but also careful attention to the ethical and environmental implications of the technology.

One thing is for sure: As the AI arms race gathers pace, striking a balance between technological advancement and social and environmental responsibility will become paramount.


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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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