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IIT Hyderabad Announces India’s First AI Course

The course will also focus on application verticals such as healthcare, agriculture, smart mobility, among many others.

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AI has the potential to increase India's annual growth.
AI has the potential to increase India's annual growth. pixabay

Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) on Thursday announced the launch of a full-fledged bachelor’s programme in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology from the new academic session, a first for the country and only the third globally.

IIT-H is already offering an Masters in Technology programme in AI-Machine Learning (ML). Besides IIT, Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both of which are in the US, offer full-fledged B.Tech programmes in AI.

The new course will have 20 seats and the eligibility is clearing the JEE-Advanced test.

Artificial Intelligence Bot
Artificial Intelligence Bot. Pixabay

“AI solutions are particularly promising for India (given the availability of a large corpus of data) where it can have a major positive impact on several critical domains such as healthcare, crop and soil management, weather prediction, surveillance and security, and defence,” Sumohana Channappayya, Dean (Research and Development), IIT-H, said in a statement.

“However, the demand for professionals trained in this area far exceeds the current supply. The B.Tech programme in AI is a step in the direction of addressing this highly skewed demand-supply scenario,” Channappayya added.

Further, Channappayya noted that the potential for AI to improve the quality of human lives is tremendous. This program will train students in the fundamentals of computer science, AI and ML, in addition to sensitising them to the ethical issues in deploying AI-based solutions.

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The course will also focus on application verticals such as healthcare, agriculture, smart mobility, among many others.

Students pursuing other degrees such as B.Tech in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering can now do a minor in AI as well from the coming academic year, the statement said.  (IANS)

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Adobe Training AI to Detect Images Edited Using Photoshop

Adobe's Photoshop software was originally released in 1990

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The headquarters of Adobe Systems in San Jose, California
The headquarters of Adobe Systems in San Jose, California. Wikimedia

Adobe, along with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have trained Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect facial manipulation in images edited using the Photoshop software.

At a time when deepfake visual content is getting commoner and more deceptive, the decision is also intended to make image forensics understandable for everyone.

“This new research is part of a broader effort across Adobe to better detect image, video, audio and document manipulations,” the company wrote in a blog-post on Friday.

On testing, it was found that while human eyes were able to judge the altered face 53 per cent of the time, the the trained neural network tool achieved results as high as 99 per cent.

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Adobe, along with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have trained Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect facial manipulation in images edited using the Photoshop software. Pixabay

The tool also identified specific areas and methods of facial warping.

Adobe’s execution in detecting facial manipulation came just days after doctored videos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and US Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the rounds on social media as well as news channels.

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“This is an important step in being able to detect certain types of image editing, and the undo capability works surprisingly well. Beyond technologies like this, the best defence will be a sophisticated public who know that content can be manipulated, often to delight them, but sometimes to mislead them as well,” said Gavin Miller, Head of Research, Adobe.

Adobe’s Photoshop software was originally released in 1990. (IANS)