The price of gold has risen sharply in the past few years and it has attracted a lot of interest from investors. In fact, just a few weeks ago, the price of gold had risen to an all time high of $ 1,072 an once and many believe that it will continue going much higher in the next few years. It was not long ago when the price of gold was only $ 300 an ounce in 2002.
Why has gold risen so sharply in the past few years? One reason is gold is only at a record high in US dollar terms because of the sharp fall in the US currency. The US government has been printing a lot of money to try to revive the US economy and it has led to paper money becoming more and more worthless. Therefore, the gold price has been rising because you can not print gold. As well, both China and Russia are now greatly increasing their gold purchases and disposing of their US dollars as fast as they can, and the Chinese Government is also publicly encouraging its citizens to buy gold. In general, the gold price tends to rise when the US dollar falls.
As well, gold is considered a safe haven in times of political as well as economic turmoil. We have seen gold rise sharply after events such as the 911 attacks and most recently, during the financial crisis.
Lastly, gold is becoming a rare commodity and harder to find these days. Gold miners are not discovering rich veins of gold today like they used to and nowadays hope to find mere flecks of gold. As well, not many new gold mines have come into production in recent years. With the absence of big new discoveries, demand for gold continues to grow, as does its price.
So how do investors take advantage of rising gold prices and profit from it? There are several ways to invest in gold. One way is to buy physical gold bullion or gold coins that you can store in the bank vault. The benefit of owning physical gold is you can physically hold your investment even if the worlds banking system collapses.
Another way is to buy an exchange traded fund (ETF) that is listed on the stock exchange and invests only in physical gold. It tracks the price of gold based on the spot price and doesnt require you to physically store gold. You can buy this ETF like a stock and the symbol is GLD.
Other investors prefer to buy gold company shares because you can make more money when the price of gold rises. For example, if the gold price rises 100 per cent, most gold company shares can probably rise 200-300 per cent and some junior gold mining company can rise 400 per cent or more. The reason is gold stocks amplifies a gold price rise because the companys profitability can rise at three times or more the rise in the gold price.
Whichever way you decide to invest in gold, you will benefit from the rise in the price of gold for years to come.
Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos (CVPR 2016 Oral)
CVPR 2016 Paper Video (Oral)
Project Page: http://www.graphics.stanford.edu/~niessner/thies2016face.html
This demo video is purely research-focused and we would like to clarify the goals and intent of our work. Our aim is to demonstrate the capabilities of modern computer vision and graphics technology, and convey it in an approachable and fun way. We want to emphasize that computer-generated videos have been part in feature-film movies for over 30 years. Virtually every high-end movie production contains a significant percentage of synthetically-generated content (from Lord of the Rings to Benjamin Button). These results are hard to distinguish from reality and it often goes unnoticed that the content is not real. The novelty and contribution of our work is that we can edit pre-recorded videos in real-time on a commodity PC. Please also note that our efforts include the detection of edits in video footage in order to verify a clip’s authenticity. For additional information, we refer to our project website (see above). Hopefully, you enjoyed watching our video, and we hope to provide a positive takeaway 🙂
We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion. To this end, we first address the under-constrained problem of facial identity recovery from monocular video by non-rigid model-based bundling. At run time, we track facial expressions of both source and target video using a dense photometric consistency measure. Reenactment is then achieved by fast and efficient deformation transfer between source and target. The mouth interior that best matches the re-targeted expression is retrieved from the target sequence and warped to produce an accurate fit. Finally, we convincingly re-render the synthesized target face on top of the corresponding video stream such that it seamlessly blends with the real-world illumination. We demonstrate our method in a live setup, where Youtube videos are reenacted in real time.