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Artificial Intelligence May Have Cracked the Code to Creating Low-Priced Works on Canvas


What better time for a "next-generation" version of art to come crashing into the art world than 2021? After all, this is the unprecedented year that saw an explosion of demand and sales of NFTs or non-fungible tokens, which are inextricably tied to crypto-currency and blockchain technology. Specifically, we're now talking about art created by "artficial intelligence"… yes, the machines are taking over art too. In 2018, Christie's sold Portrait of Edmond de Belamy (2018), the first-ever original work of art created using artificial intelligence to come to auction (it sold for $432,500 against a high estimate of $10,000), Inspired by reports of the sale, Ben Kovalis and two like-minded childhood friends from Israel, Eyal Fisher and Guy Haimovitz, launched the Art AI Gallery one year later, in late 2019. It involves collections of curated work made using an algorithm that was created over the course of six months and then refined over the next year and a half.

'Master Faces' That Can Bypass Over 40% Of Facial ID Authentication Systems


Researchers from Israel have developed a neural network capable of generating'master' faces – facial images that are each capable of impersonating multiple IDs. The work suggests that it's possible to generate such'master keys' for more than 40% of the population using only 9 faces synthesized by the StyleGAN Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), via three leading face recognition systems. The paper is a collaboration between the Blavatnik School of Computer Science and the school of Electrical Engineering, both at Tel Aviv. Testing the system, the researchers found that a single generated face could unlock 20% of all identities in the University of Massachusetts' Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW) open source database, a common repository used for development and testing of facial ID systems, and the benchmark database for the Israeli system. The Israeli system workflow, which uses the StyleGAN generator to iteratively seek out'master faces'. The new method improves on a similar recent paper from the University of Siena, which requires a privileged level of access to the machine learning framework.

US-Israeli Startup Uses Artificial Intelligence to Revolutionize Real Estate Industry - The Media Line


Artificial intelligence is poised to revolutionize the real estate industry and make the homebuying process much more transparent, AI-driven startup Localize believes. Headquartered in New York City, Localize was founded in Israel in 2012 and also has offices in Tel Aviv. The startup, which operates in Israel under the name Madlan, launched in the United States in 2019 and began working with real estate agents and brokerages earlier this year. It has developed an AI- and big data-based platform that enables both buyers and brokers to streamline house-hunting, a traditionally low-tech process. "Our goal is to reinvent homebuying," Localize President and Chief Operating Officer Omer Granot told The Media Line.

US Eyes Iran Over Ship 'Hijacking' As Tensions Rise

International Business Times

The United States said Wednesday it suspected Iranian involvement in the alleged hijacking of a ship in the Gulf of Oman as it vowed to work with Britain to respond to an earlier deadly attack it blamed on Tehran. Oman said that the Asphalt Princess, an asphalt and bitumen tanker, was involved in "a hijacking incident in international waters" and that it deployed aircraft and naval ships. The United States and Britain said that the murky incident in the Gulf of Oman concluded after one day, with the alleged hijackers leaving the Panamanian-flagged vessel. "We believe that these personnel were Iranian, but we're not in a position to confirm this at this time," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington. "Iran has undertaken a pattern of belligerence in terms of proxy attacks in the region and of course, these maritime attacks," Price said, while adding that circumstances in the latest incident were "still emerging".

The path to responsible AI


Artificial intelligence (AI) solves real-world problems. Last year, we saw droves of regional businesses move to the cloud and, once there, realise that scalable, affordable smart technologies were within reach. Proofs of concept quickly followed, as did several success stories. And then, as AI grew in popularity, a concept that had largely been the subject of conversation among tech experts began to go mainstream. Hundreds of billions of dollars in commercial AI revenue is expected to flow to the Middle East by 2030, and contribute heavily to double-digit GDP growth, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reaping the most benefits, followed by Saudi Arabia.

US, UK and Israel blame Iran for attack on Israeli-managed tanker

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The United States has joined the United Kingdom and Israel in accusing Iran of carrying out a deadly drone strike that killed two aboard a tanker off Oman. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the announcement in a statement Sunday. Blinken said: "Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive (drones), a lethal capability it is increasingly employing throughout the region." He added that there was "no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior."

Israel blames Iran for lethal attack on Japanese-owned oil tanker off Oman

The Japan Times

Jerusalem – Two crew members of an oil tanker managed by a prominent Israeli businessman's company were killed off Oman in what appears to be a drone attack, the vessel's London-based operator and the U.S. military said Friday, with Israel blaming Iran. Tehran is "sowing violence and destruction," an Israeli official said. The Islamic Republic "is not only Israel's problem, but it is the world's problem. Its behavior threatens the freedom of navigation and global commerce," the official added. U.S. Navy forces came to the aid of the crew in response to an emergency distress call and saw evidence of the attack, said an American military statement.

UAE's Lunar Rover Will Use Artificial Intelligence To Explore The Moon - AI Summary


"With the support of the Canadian Space Agency, Canadian scientists and engineers will be able to participate in near-term missions to the lunar surface," said Ewan Reid, president and chief executive of Mission Control. Reem Mohammed/The National The Emirates Lunar Mission logo as revealed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai. UAE's lunar mission also aims to study lunar soil, as well as dust. Reem Mohammed/The National The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre is carrying out the Emirates Lunar Mission. The Emirates Lunar Mission will also be provided with wired communication and power during the cruise phase and wireless communication on the lunar surface by iSpace.

AI in Content Marketing: How to Combine AI With Content


A few years back, there was a widely shared meme about an epic artificial intelligence (AI) fail. Apparently, someone fed a few'Batman' scripts into a content generator and the result was mostly laughable with gibberish served up as dialogue. But as the technology became more sophisticated, so did the coherence and creative output. Early this spring, the completely goofy sci-fi film'Sunspring' was released, notable because it was completely written by AI. Beyond the fun or silly parts of AI creative writing efforts, there is a real need for using automated services to support your content marketing plan.

Oman to use artificial intelligence for governance I Times of Oman


Muscat: The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology has issued a ministerial circular on using artificial intelligence systems for units of the state's administrative apparatus. "The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology issued a ministerial circular regarding the policy of using artificial intelligence systems for the units of the state's administrative apparatus, as part of the ministry's endeavour to provide support development of innovative solutions in all the economic sectors, keep pace with progress in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and achieve the goals of Oman Vision 2040," Oman News Agency (ONA) said in a statement. "This policy includes six ethical principles: comprehensiveness, humanity, responsibility, justice, transparency and safety that will enhance confidence in modern technologies, and provide requirements for the governance of artificial intelligence systems." "The policy aims to help the units of the state's administrative apparatus to build national capacities in various fields of artificial intelligence by enhancing its use in all vital economic sectors, and prepare a set of ethical principles to ensure the accuracy and safety of automated decision-making processes keeping global practices in mind," ONA added.