The UAE Has Launched A Program To Assist 100 Startups
The Future 100 program marks the start of a series of government initiatives aimed at improving the UAE’s future preparedness across multiple sectors.
The United Arab Emirates is already making a name for itself as a startup hub for global tech companies. Now, however, a program has been launched to ensure that the region’s economy is fully future-proofed.
The program, known as Future 100, aims to help 100 prominent startups across a diverse range of technology sectors, including space travel, renewable and carbon-neutral energy, and other emerging tech. As the program develops, it’s hoped that a new economic model will emerge, aligning the UAE with emerging trends and creating a lasting, 50-year impact.
“The Ministry of Economy continues to support innovative future projects that promote the UAE’s global leading position on competitiveness indicators and supports it as an attractive destination for future projects from all over the world. It further enhances its position as a permanent hub for creativity and innovation, securing sustainable growth for the UAE’s national economy and creating new jobs through startups, especially in sectors pertaining to the new economic fields, such as space, renewable energy, fintech, and AI,” says Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of the Economy.
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According to other government sources, the UAE Future 100 roadmap emphasizes the improvement of future preparedness. The initiative is meant to symbolize the future orientation of the UAE leadership, focusing on the economic growth of the region, raising the GDP, and boosting the performance of new economic sectors.
Over the past couple of years, the UAE has initiated several programs of this nature with the goal of creating a robust, future-focused economy. The National Program for Artificial Intelligence 2031, the Green Growth Strategy, the Energy Strategy 2050, the Emirates Blockchain Strategy and the Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution are just a few of the initiatives that highlight the region’s lofty goals.
Adobe Firefly AI Image Generator Comes To Photoshop
The Generative Fill tool will arrive in the app’s tool palette sometime in the second half of this year.
Adobe Photoshop is the latest app to benefit from the explosion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, gaining a new tool called Generative Fill. The company’s AI image generator Firefly benefitted from the new feature in a web-only update back in March, and today, the Generative Fill tool launches in beta for the popular photo editing program.
Generative Fill is a little like a smarter version of Adobe’s existing Content-Aware Fill feature and works within individual Photoshop image layers. The tool can be used to expand the borders of an image (a feature known as outpainting) or to generate entirely new objects, and contains a text prompt to add direction to the AI technology.
Adobe claims its AI is only trained to work on Adobe Stock images, licensed content, and images without copyright restrictions. Generative Fill also supports a system called Content Credentials, which attaches metadata-style attributes to images before they are shared online, informing viewers that content was created or edited with the help of AI.
“By integrating Firefly directly into workflows as a creative co-pilot, Adobe is accelerating ideation, exploration and production for all of our customers,” announced Ashley Still, the senior vice president of Digital Media at Adobe. “Generative Fill combines the speed and ease of generative AI with the power and precision of Photoshop, empowering customers to bring their visions to life at the speed of their imaginations,” she added.
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Generative Fill isn’t yet available in the latest version of Photoshop, but if you’re curious about how the tool works, you can download the desktop beta app or try it out within a module of the Firefly beta. Adobe is still tight-lipped about the exact release date of Generative Fill, but says we can expect the new feature to drop sometime in the second half of 2023.