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IT Industry Lauds Interim Budget Boost to AI Use

The support of the government to disruptive technologies like AI can help drive the nation's growth, said L&T Infotech's Chief Executive Sanjay Jalona in a statement

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The Indian IT industry on Friday lauded the Interim Budget 2019-20 for its push to adopt Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“The highlight of the Budget was the announcement of a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the AI portal. This will play a key role for India to accelerate AI development and adoption,” IT industry apex body Nasscom said in a statement.

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) said it was keen to partner with the government on the AI initiatives.

Presenting the Interim Budget, Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said the government would set up a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence as a hub along with centres of excellence for AI and other disruptive technologies.

“In order to take the benefits of AI and related technologies to the people, a national programme on AI has been envisaged by the government,” Goyal said.

The Interim Budget’s plan to convert a lakh villages into “Digital Villages” over the next five years gives an “impetus to technology integration and penetration” in the country, Nasscom said.

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“A tectonic shift is happening in AI. Nearly 85 per cent of enterprises globally will use AI in some form or the other by 2020.

“While the Finance Minister focused on education, jobs, and start-ups, the industry’s key ask towards abolition of Angel Tax and various Goods and Services Tax (GST) clarifications did not a find mention,” the IT industry body lamented.

Indian IT bellwether Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) also hailed the programme on AI.

“The announcement of a national programme on AI will provide a fillip to building national capabilities in this area,” said the company’s Chief Financial Officer V. Ramakrishnan in a statement.

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While TCS reacted to the Interim Budget positively, the city-based global software majors Infosys and Wipro, however, declined to comment on it.

The support of the government to disruptive technologies like AI can help drive the nation’s growth, said L&T Infotech’s Chief Executive Sanjay Jalona in a statement.

“The role of such exponential technologies in driving the nation’s development is immense and provides a much-needed avenue to address and overcome pertinent age-old issues,” Jalona noted. (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)