Imagine a National City with a vibrant shopping scene, autonomous vehicle parking garages, an entire street of world-class buildings that architecture magazines swoon over and micro-unit apartments that keep rent low for the next generation of professionals.That is the final vision of more than 70 students at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design who spent 20 weeks creating new buildings for roughly 40 city blocks. The intensive project spread out over two semesters equaled 45 build-ready projects for the city, which is one of San Diego County’s poorest communities.Plans were not just wishful fantasies of students. They were designed following criteria in the National City Downtown Specific Plan — or master plan — with the cooperation of city officials and established architects. The city can’t afford the cost of professional designs but having the work done by students means National City now has dozens of free projects to give to developers if it … [Read more...] about Is this what National City of the future will look like?
Apple has hired John Giannandrea, former Senior Vice President of Engineering, specifically search and Artificial Intelligence, at Google. In his new role running machine learning and AI strategy, Giannandrea will be reporting directly to Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. The bombshell news was shared with Apple employees in a company email, first reported on by The New York Times: "Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear. John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal." AI is critical to the next great leap forward in computing. Ethical AI is critical to how we, as people, survive that leap. Facebook has increasingly come under fire for how it does and could use AI to monetize and manipulate its users for advertising and influence peddling. Google, which has made a more public effort to balance deep insight with deep exploitation, still has to wrestle with what could happen when and if those two … [Read more...] about Apple and its future with Artificial Intelligence
It's time to wake up and smell the AI coffee, say Microsoft head lawyer Brad Smith and the leader of Microsoft's AI research division Harry Shum, in their introduction to this book on the role of artificial intelligence in society.They kick off with a look at how much daily life around the world has changed in the last 20 years, and speculating on how much it could change in the next two decades as we get proactive intelligent agents ready to smooth our path through the world. This could involve buying presents on our behalf and booking dinner reservations for special occasions based on what our agents know about us and our nearest and dearest, or answering emails and creating task lists automatically by listening in on our meetings.Smith and Shum envision a future that's more convenient, but still very recognisable: gadgets may monitor your vital signs and suggest a checkup when they show something disturbing, but you'll still have an appointment with a real doctor to talk about those … [Read more...] about The Future Computed, book review: AI and society, through a Microsoft lens
It was 1968. I was 8 years old. The space race was in full swing. For the first time, a space probe had recently landed on another planet (Venus). And I was eagerly studying everything I could to do with space. Then on April 2, 1968 (May 15 in the UK), the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey was released—and I was keen to see it. So in the early summer of 1968 there I was, the first time I’d ever been in an actual cinema (yes, it was called that in the UK). I’d been dropped off for a matinee, and was pretty much the only person in the theater. And to this day, I remember sitting in a plush seat and eagerly waiting for the curtain to go up, and the movie to begin. It started with an impressive extraterrestrial sunrise. But then what was going on? Those weren’t space scenes. Those were landscapes, and animals. I was confused, and frankly a little bored. But just when I was getting concerned, there was a bone thrown in the air that morphed into a spacecraft, and pretty … [Read more...] about Predicted The Future—50 Years Ago
We’re getting a double-dose of Electronic Arts’ top leaders as our latest speakers for GamesBeat 2018, which will examine the future triple-A games and the technology required to make them and deliver them to consumers. Jade Raymond, the senior vice president and group general manager at Electronic Arts, will speak with GamesBeat lead writer Dean Takahashi in a fireside chat about building triple-A game studios and her experience building long-lasting franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs at Ubisoft and Star Wars: Battlefront for EA. Ken Moss, the chief technology officer of EA, will speak in a separate fireside chat on “How will we power the games of the future?” Mike Vorhaus, president of Magid Advisors, will moderate the session with Moss. We’ve switched venues to the secluded The Seminary at Strawberry in Mill Valley, California, north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Our dates and agenda are still the same at April 9 and April 10. Our … [Read more...] about Jade Raymond and Ken Moss of EA to speak about the future of games and tech at GamesBeat Summit