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The AI Foundation Partners with Top Artificial Intelligence Researchers at the Technical University of Munich to Combat Against Fake Media and Deepfakes

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Research Team Led By Renowned Scientist Matthias Niessner to Detect
Deepfakes, Verify the Authenticity of Visual Media

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The AI Foundation, a leader in creating foundational AI technologies,
products and services to unlock the human potential, as well as Guardian
AI to protect society from its risks, has partnered with the Technical
University of Munich’s Visual Computing Lab, providing resources for
world renowned scientist Professor Matthias Niessner and his team to
continue research in artificial intelligence, deep learning and computer
vision.

The AI Foundation, headed by CEO Lars Buttler and CTO Rob Meadows, will
utilize research from the lab in their development and engineering of
products for safe and revolutionary AI, as well as create and publish
breakthrough research in the areas of cognitive science, artificial
general intelligence, and human behavior. The company recently announced
that it expanded its world-class team of scientists with the addition of
Joscha Bach, Ph.D., and Delip Rao as vice presidents who will be working
closely with researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

“The authenticity of images and video can no longer be taken at face
value, as artificial intelligence and other technologies allow for
instant generation of complex fakes. As a result of the proliferation of
fakes, human agency and free thinking are at risk,” said AI Foundation
CEO Lars Buttler. “With regards to our current global, socio-political
climate and the heightened risk of manipulation to world democracies,
the AI Foundation is committed to addressing both imminent and distant
future threats. By partnering with TUM, the AI Foundation will continue
to develop products to protect society from the ills of malicious AI,
including deceptive deepfakes and synthetic media.”

The partnership with TUM is part of the AI Foundation’s larger mission,
inviting scientific researchers, media partners, policy-makers, and the
global community to join the company in a collective effort to research,
identify and combat manipulative AI. The company has already begun to
develop a growing community of users reporting suspected fakes and
training AI agents with the development of Reality Defender, a
guardian-AI protecting against fake media including deepfakes. TUM’s
research in advanced AI forensics will enhance the tool’s evolving
capabilities; as synthetic images become more advanced, the Reality
Defender too will advance, growing more capable of detecting new forms
of artificial media.

Professor Matthias Niessner leads the Visual Computing Lab at TUM in
their research of computer vision, graphics, and machine learning,
focused on how these intersect as well as cutting-edge techniques for 3D
reconstruction, semantic 3D scene understanding, video editing, and
AI-driven video synthesis. He has published over 70 academic papers and
has instructed at Stanford University as a visiting assistant professor.
Niessner’s research has received worldwide acclaim and has been featured
in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Spiegel and MIT
Technological Review, among others. He is a TUM-IAS Rudolph Moessbauer
Fellow and has won several awards, including the Google Faculty Award
for Machine Perception, the Nvidia Professor Partnership Award and the
European Research Council Starting Grant’s award of over $1.5M in
research funding.

By developing advanced techniques to modify videos in real time,
researchers have acquired a vital part in understanding manipulated
images and videos. The AI Foundation’s partnership with TUM will
continue to research and reveal how to identify and protect the public
from adversarial fake media.

For more information, please visit AIFoundation.com.

About the AI Foundation

The AI Foundation is dedicated to moving the world forward by giving
each of us our own AI that shares our personal values and goals. The
company has brought together many of the world’s top innovators, AI
scientists, engineers, and investors from Silicon Valley, Hollywood and
Madison Avenue, all united around the idea of making the power of AI
available to all, while protecting us from its dangers. The AI
Foundation’s non-profit entity focuses on tools for detection and
protection, while AI Foundation’s for-profit creates foundational
technologies, products and services to unlock the full human potential.

About the Technical University of Munich

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading
research universities, with around 550 professors, 41,000 students, and
10,000 academic and non-academic staff. Its focus areas are the
engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine,
combined with economic and social sciences. TUM acts as an
entrepreneurial university that promotes talents and creates value for
society. In that it profits from having strong partners in science and
industry. It is represented worldwide with the TUM Asia campus in
Singapore as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, San
Francisco, and São Paulo. Nobel Prize winners and inventors such as
Rudolf Diesel, Carl von Linde, and Rudolf Mößbauer have done research at
TUM. In 2006 and 2012 it won recognition as a German “Excellence
University.” In international rankings, TUM regularly places among the
best universities in Germany.

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Sibel Sunar/Brian Rubin
fortyseven for AI Foundation
aifoundation@fortyseven.com

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Which CD is right for you? Continuous Deployment or Continuous Delivery? – Matt Beaney (AutoTrader UK) present the solution at TCE2019 Prague

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Software release expert will present a keynote session at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

If you search online, you will find that continuous integration, continuous deployment, and continuous delivery are like vectors that have the same direction, but different magnitude. Their goal is the same: make our software development and release process faster and more robust.

The key difference between the three is in the scope of automation applied. What gets people who are new to the field confused is that they are not mutually exclusive, but include each other, like Russian dolls.

At PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, you can hear more about the subject in a special keynote which will be presented by Matt Beaney, Service Transition at AutoTrader UK.

Matt has overseen Service Transition at AutoTrader UK for over 10 years, driving continual improvement of the release success rate from 85% to 99.8% and increasing the release rate from <600 to 15,000 per year. In Prague, he will tell you all about CD is right for you and your company.

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PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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National Access Cannabis Corp. Provides Sales Update for Retail Cannabis Operations Since Federal Legalization

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National Access Cannabis Corp. (“NAC” or “the Company”) (TSXV: META), Canada’slargest cannabis retailer1, today provided investors with a corporate and retail sales update. The Company is successfully executing on its growth strategy and has achieved over $50 million in retail sales since legalization, with cumulative gross margin in excess of 31%. The Company is targeting to have 40 operating stores by the end of calendar 2019.

“NAC is rapidly growing its store count and revenue,” said Mark Goliger, CEO of NAC. “We have been granted 10 licenses in Alberta since the ending of the moratorium on May 31st, and we expect positive movement with our licence applications in British Columbia. We now have 30 stores open, with another 5 stores licensed and in development.  We expect continued revenue momentum as we roll out improved and streamlined store designs to enhance customer experience. With the recent filing of our final base shelf prospectus to provide us with flexible access to capital, we are confident in our ability to execute on our strategic growth initiatives to continue our leadership position in Canadian cannabis retail.”

The Company’s current portfolio of 35 licensed locations is split as follows:

  • 25 NewLeaf Cannabis™ stores in Alberta
  • 9 Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ stores in Manitoba
  • 1 Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ store in Saskatchewan

The newest retail location opened August 20, 2019:
NewLeaf Cannabis – Falconridge
55 Castleridge Blvd NE, Calgary

Previous announcements regarding NAC’s retail store expansion may be found through the following links:

August 8, 2019National Access Cannabis Corp. Continues Growth by Announcing Licence to Open a New Retail Cannabis Store in Alberta for a Total of 35 Licensed Retail Stores Across Canada and New Store Opening Update

July 30, 2019National Access Cannabis Corp. Continues Growth by Announcing Licences to Open Two New Retail Cannabis Stores in Alberta for a Total of 34 Licensed Retail Stores Across Canada

July 25, 2019National Access Cannabis Corp. Continues Growth by Announcing Licences to Open Two New Retail Cannabis Stores in Alberta for a Total of 32 Licensed Retail Stores Across Canada

July 3, 2019National Access Cannabis Corp. Continues Growth by Announcing Licences to Open Two New Retail Cannabis Stores in Alberta for a Total of 30 Licensed Retail Stores Across Canada

May 31, 2019National Access Cannabis Corp. Responds to the AGLC Lifting the Moratorium on Cannabis Retail Stores in Alberta

 

SOURCE National Access Cannabis Corp.

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The Use of Artificial Intelligence by Startups and SMEs panel discussion moderated by Dr. Robert Skalina (WH Partners) at TCE2019 Prague

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Leading law expert and tech compliance advisor to moderate the AI-related panel discussion at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

The future is almost here and there are more and more talks about AI being a key part of our daily life. But, it seems we are not quite there yet as most of the services that are available are not the real independent AI which is feared by many doomsday preachers.

At PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, we have put together an artificial intelligence-related panel discussion which will highlight some of the most recent topics that are discussed in the sphere and can benefit many in the upcoming period.

The panel discussion will be joined by Andjela Todorovic (Software Engineering Intern at Cubic Corporation), Jiří Třečák (CEO at Supernova), Aleksander Kijek (Chief Product Officer at Nethone) and last but not least, Vojtech Chloupek (Partner at Bird & Bird).

The futuristic thinking panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Robert Skalina, Senior Advisor at WH Partners.

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About Dr. Robert Skalina

Robert Skalina is a Czech Advocate as well as a Registered European Lawyer in Malta. He is based in Prague and works in Malta regularly.

He is financial services and corporate lawyer and provides advice to a wide range of investment managers, advisors and funds, including private equity and hedge funds. Robert also regularly advises clients in the gaming/gambling industries and has vast experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions and complex cross border transactions.

Robert has previously held the position of head of legal of a London based investment advisor active throughout the EMEA region. Prior to that, he served as legal counsel for the largest retail bank in the Czech Republic.

Robert graduated with an LLM cum laude from the London School of Economics. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the Charles University in Prague. He provides advice in English, Czech and Slovak.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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