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Saudi Arabia Plans Digital Twins For 5 Cities, Including Mecca

The project involves the creation of a cloud-based platform that will become central to the Kingdom’s smart city project.

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South Korean tech company Naver has signed a contract with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing (MOMRAH) to build and administer digital twins for five of the country’s biggest cities: Riyadh, Medina, Jeddah, Dammam, and Mecca.

The news comes after a visit from South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, who arrived in the Kingdom to discuss deepening economic ties, explaining that “If South Korea, which has cutting-edge technologies and a successful experience of industrial development, joins hands with Saudi Arabia, with its abundant capital and growth potential, we can create synergy stronger than any other nation”.

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Naver has already signed a memorandum with MOMRAH to support Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation. Discussions have also taken place with Majed Al Hogail, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Housing, on digitizing other aspects of city planning, transportation, and public safety.

The digital twin program reflects ongoing efforts to boost decision-making and improve digitization using AI, robotics, and cloud-based solutions. The project will be pivotal in the development of smart city infrastructure and will be used for a wide variety of tasks, including urban planning and flood monitoring.

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“Leveraging Naver’s globally competitive technologies, we aim to spearhead the second wave of export boom to the Middle East. With this project as a starting point, Naver will also act as a bridge for Korean IT startups entering the Middle Eastern market,” announced Chae Seon-ju, President of ESG and External Policy at Naver.

Korean company Naver emphasized that digital twins platform could become the foundation for numerous technologies and services in what could become a continually evolving project. South Korean and Saudi startups could also use the open platform cloud software for urban water management, real estate services, robotics, autonomous driving applications, and traffic planning.

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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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