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'The heart of the building': AI pumps life into architecture at Microsoft through interactive 'Ada'

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Art and architecture already speaks to us on a multitude of levels. A new installation on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Wash., communicates in a new way, using artificial intelligence to "read the room" and become an interactive element reacting to people in the space. As part of the tech giant's Artist in Residence program, "Ada" has been installed in Microsoft's Building 99. Ada -- named for the 19th century mathematician Ada Lovelace -- is a two-story, 1,800-pound web of hexagons forming an ellipsoid-shaped pavilion. The exoskeleton, which is reminiscent of The Spheres on Amazon's campus in Seattle, contains 895 3D-printed nodes that connect 1,274 fiberglass rods, and a web of fabric digitally knit with photoluminescent yarn.


Could Machines Become Creative?

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AI automation is coming, and it's going to impact knowledge workers -- writers, artists, designers, scientists, managers, and entrepreneurs. However, even when AI automation completely replaces the need for a human -- such as in its conquest of strategy games like Chess and Poker -- the world doesn't end and the human element doesn't disappear. Largely better, in some ways worse, but life in fact goes on. Humans keep doing our thing. And the machines keep getting better, and better, and better.


Translation by the numbers: Facebook AI puts words into multidimensional spaces

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PARIS – Designers of machine translation tools still mostly rely on dictionaries to make a foreign language understandable. But now there is a new way: numbers. Facebook researchers say rendering words into figures and exploiting mathematical similarities between languages is a promising avenue -- even if a universal communicator as seen in "Star Trek" remains a distant dream. Powerful automatic translation is a big priority for internet giants. Allowing as many people as possible worldwide to communicate is not just an altruistic goal, but also good business.


Bots vs humans: Who will win the creativity battle?

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Until recently, artificial intelligence (AI) was a distant, dreamy concept that we dusted off annually during Christmas reruns of Bladerunner. However, in recent years, it's gradually crept into our lives in very tangible ways. From the Google Home device in the corner of your kitchen to automated supermarket tills, we're beginning to see AI being put to exciting uses in disciplines that require high-level thinking. And the creative industry has been no exception. However, as creative bots start to become more widespread, many are left wondering whether AI can ever have the creative freedom or intelligence needed for unique and valuable innovation.


Industry Leaders: 15 Top Women Entrepreneurs in AI

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It is no new knowledge that start-ups in Artificial Intelligence are male bastions. At a time when gender equality is increasingly becoming the buzzword, gradually more women are creatively leveraging AI and Machine Learning in their businesses. Here are some promising women entrepreneurs and leaders who either offer AI-powered solutions or deploy machine learning in their firms in an innovative fashion. The company manufactures chips for Artificial Intelligence Solutions and is worth over $700. It recently drew crucial funds from Chinese and South Korean firms.


Smiles beam and walls blush: Architecture meets AI at Microsoft

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Jenny Sabin is perched high on a scissor lift, her head poking through an opening of the porous fabric structure that she's struggling to stretch onto the exoskeleton of her installation piece, which is suspended in the airy atrium of building 99 on Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, campus. Momentarily defeated, she pauses and looks up. "It's going to be gorgeous," she says. "It" is a glowing, translucent and ethereal pavilion that Sabin and her Microsoft collaborators describe as both a research tool and a glimpse into a future in which architecture and artificial intelligence merge. "To my knowledge, this installation is the first architectural structure to be driven by artificial intelligence in real time," said Sabin, principal designer at Jenny Sabin Studio in Ithaca, New York, who designed and built the pavilion as part of Microsoft's Artist in Residence program.


Arm Enables Custom Instructions for Embedded CPUs

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WIRE)--Arm TechCon – Today at Arm TechCon 2019, Arm CEO Simon Segars announced Arm Custom Instructions, a new feature for the Armv8-M architecture. Arm Custom Instructions will initially be implemented in Arm Cortex -M33 CPUs starting in the first half of 2020 at no additional cost to new and existing licensees, enabling SoC designers to add their own instructions for specific embedded and IoT applications without risk of software fragmentation. "A world of a trillion secure intelligent devices will be built on a diversity of complex use cases requiring increased synergy between hardware and software design," said Dipti Vachani, senior vice president and general manager, Automotive and IoT Line of Business, Arm. "We have engineered Arm Custom Instructions to fuel closer hardware and software co-design efforts toward achieving application-specific acceleration while unlocking greater device differentiation." Architected as part of the evolution of the Armv8-M architecture with secure Arm TrustZone technology, Arm Custom Instructions are based on a simple guiding principle; the CPU is a chassis for Arm silicon partner innovation.


AI generates logos from whole cloth

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Generating logos from whole cloth isn't exactly novel -- startups like Logojoy employ AI to create thousands of banners and branding elements on demand. But in a new paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, It builds on LoGAN, the team's previous logo-crafting machine learning system, which they detailed in a study published last October. Unlike the new and improved algorithm, LoGAN could only create new designs if provided one of a dozen color keywords. "With most Americans exposed to 4,000 to 20,000 advertisements a day, companies are paying ever-increasing attention to their branding. This puts pressure on designers to come up with aesthetic yet innovative and unique designs in an attempt to set their designs apart from the masses," wrote the coauthors.


How Artificial Intelligence Will Affect Design In Future

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There are a lot of on-going controversies on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on designing and development. While, designing is a bit of a complex process; as the humans only have the capability to set the context and create what the user's really are looking for. But researchers and designers are constantly working on the technology in an attempt to find out how AI will affect the future of designing industry. Futurists consider AI is capable of critical thinking and performing highly productive and complex jobs in the industry. AI will help in making designing much more manageable and help achieve higher and better outputs.


The Top 6 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Affect Design In The Future

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been the talk of the town for a while now. I remember the fiasco from chatbots that replied instantly. We have all texted Siri saying'I love you' at least once in our lives. It hasn't been long since then, but Artificial Intelligence, in a very short span, has embedded itself in our lives. The technology first emerged in the mid-1950s.