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AI Revolution 101 — AI Revolution. AI Revolution 101 Our last invention, greatest nightmare, or pathway to utopia?

AI Revolution 101 — AI Revolution

About This essay, originally published in eight short parts, aims to condense the current knowledge on Artificial Intelligence. It explores the state of AI development, overviews its challenges and dangers, features work by the most significant scientists, and describes the main predictions of possible AI outcomes. This project is an adaptation and major shortening of the two–part essay AI Revolution by Tim Urban of Wait But Why. Introduction Assuming that human scientific activity continues without major disruptions, artificial intelligence may become either the most positive transformation of our history or, as many fear, our most dangerous invention of all.

Exponential Growth The Guiding Principle Behind Technological Progress To more intuitively grasp the guiding principles of AI revolution, let’s first step away from scientific research. Inflatable incubator cuts cost of neonatal care. D.I.Y. Is in Their DNA. Some people build their own doghouses or tree houses.

D.I.Y. Is in Their DNA

Jacob and Melissa Brillhart’s D.I.Y. project was a little more elaborate: They hand-built a 1,500-square-foot house. Never again, they insist. Still, one wonders, why do it in the first place? Sure, they are both trained as architects, and he has his license, but most architects are content to leave the heavy lifting to the contractors. Mr. He grew up in Canterbury, N.H., home of the Canterbury Shaker Village, which “had some kind of influence on me,” he said. But more important, perhaps, was what happened when he was five: His parents gut-renovated a 1780 house. “I don’t think my family is quite as extreme,” said Ms. So in 2011, while they were living in a one-bedroom apartment in Miami Beach, Fla., they decided they should build their own house.

Was It Too Soon to Be Sustainable? Photo Warren, Vt. — Dotty Kyle and Eric Brattstrom had an ambitious vision for the home they would build when they sold their bed-and-breakfast here seven years ago and retired.

Was It Too Soon to Be Sustainable?

They were environmental and community advocates, so they wanted it to be as sustainable as possible — ideally net-zero, producing as much energy as it used. D.I.Y. Is in Their DNA. Some people build their own doghouses or tree houses.

D.I.Y. Is in Their DNA

Perpetual motion machines (hypothetical ) The Sifter's Top 10 Homes of 2010. If you’re a regular reader of the Sifter you’re familiar with my real estate fascination.

The Sifter's Top 10 Homes of 2010

I love posting all types of homes. From the unique and interesting to the grand and opulent. Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 10 Homes from 2010. Click any picture or link to be taken to the original post, enjoy! The Biggest and Most Expensive Home Posted in 2010 This staggering 48,00 square foot mega-mansion in the Cayman Islands was listed at a jaw-dropping $59 million USD! The Best Use of Limited Space [500 sq ft] Architects Darrick Borowski and Danny Orenstein show us that it’s possible to live quite comfortably in 500 square feet (46 sq m). The Most Exotic Home Posted in 2010 Located in gorgeous Phuket, Thailand, this stunning property boasts over 8,000 square feet of interior space and over 8,500 square feet of outdoor terrace space as well! The Craziest Penthouse Posted in 2010 The Coolest Retrofit Property of 2010. GLASS LIFE IN FUTURE. Chronicle: Universal robotic gripper.

Robert Barker/University Photography The human hand is an amazing machine that can pick up, move and place objects easily, but for a robot, this "gripping" mechanism is a vexing challenge.

Chronicle: Universal robotic gripper

Opting for simple elegance, researchers from Cornell, the University of Chicago and iRobot Corp. have created a versatile gripper using everyday ground coffee and a latex party balloon, bypassing traditional designs based on the human hand and fingers. They call it a universal gripper, as it conforms to the object it's grabbing, rather than being designed for particular objects, said Hod Lipson, Cornell associate professor of mechanical engineering and computer science. The research is a collaboration between the groups of Lipson, Heinrich Jaeger at the University of Chicago, and Chris Jones at iRobot.

It is published online Oct. 25 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. John Amend. Hug Chair by Ilian Milinov. A Chair for Clingy Lovers If you’ve ever had someone sit in your lap, you know that 15 minutes is about the max your legs can handle.

Hug Chair by Ilian Milinov

It’s really not fair. The Hug chair brings simple design and human gesture together for that extra time you want to sit with your significant other. When you’re away from your special someone the extra seat doubles as a convenient space, perfect for catching up on video chat. 1525-Blue-Jay-Way-05. Rolling Bridge ? Heatherwick Studio. London, UK The studio was commissioned to design a pedestrian bridge to span an inlet of the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin, London, and provide an access route for workers and residents.

Rolling Bridge ? Heatherwick Studio

Crucially, the bridge needed to open to allow access for the boat moored in the inlet.