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Saudi Arabia Launches Digital Platform For Seismic Hazards

The new service could prevent potential future risks and will help to support research into improving local infrastructure.

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Residents of Saudi Arabia will soon be able to keep a watchful eye on potential natural disasters. The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) recently launched the first digital scientific platform in the kingdom, known as the Geological Risk Base Platform, aimed at informing and educating citizens on natural seismic hazards.

The new portal will offer data and seismic risk assessments across various locations in Saudi Arabia and will provide technical solutions aimed at potential future risk prevention, as well as acting as a repository for research on improving local infrastructure.

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The Geological Risk Base Platform was introduced by Bandar Alkhorayef, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SGS. Meanwhile, Tariq Aba Al Khail, SGS spokesman, explained that the new platform would act as a “digital electronic page that includes all the information related to seismic hazards, data, and maps in and around Saudi Arabia”.

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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.

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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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