AI’s big challenge: how to engineer in social responsibility

SiliconANGLE | March 26, 2019

The current discussion around artificial intelligence is beginning to resemble the process of buying a shiny new car. There is a great deal of time and energy devoted to haggling over the cost and options before anyone actually gets to drive the vehicle and finds out what it can do.
At the center of the debate is whether AI has the proper guardrails to ensure responsible future use, as concerns continue around issues such as gender or racial bias in AI-driven facial recognition and hiring algorithms.
These concerns were further highlighted over the course of two days this week at EmTech Digital 2019, MIT Technology Review’s annual conference held in San Francisco. Interspersed between sessions on AI chipsets and robotics were weighty topics such as Ethics in AI, The Human Impact of AI, and AI for Good.

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SVP and General Manager of the team at Autodesk Construction Cloud Jim Lynch, visited the job site of Messer Construction to see how they adopt technology to make their work more efficient and sustainable for the future.

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SVP and General Manager of the team at Autodesk Construction Cloud Jim Lynch, visited the job site of Messer Construction to see how they adopt technology to make their work more efficient and sustainable for the future.

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Quarterra, QuadReal Start Construction on The Piper Apartments

Quarterra | December 15, 2022

Quarterra Multifamily, a subsidiary of Lennar Corporation and a vertically integrated multifamily apartment builder, developer, and asset manager, today announced the completion of subsurface work and start of vertical construction of The Piper, a luxury community directly fronting renowned Marymoor Park in Redmond, Wash. The Piper is developed in close partnership with QuadReal Property Group. With its expansive homes and quiet, contemplative atmosphere, The Piper's 284 fully air-conditioned apartments will provide a distinguished setting that caters to established professionals seeking an active lifestyle. The community is situated on one of only three buildable sites with direct frontage on Marymoor Park within the core of the rapidly developing Marymoor Village. A market leading suite of amenities will cascade into the 640-acre Marymoor Park, a regional outdoor epicenter home to a summer concert series, a robust trail system, various sports facilities, a premier 40-acre dog park and climbing wall. "Positioned at the front steps to Marymoor Park, The Piper will beckon residents to engage with their surroundings, With an emphasis on outdoor amenities and open-air experiences, The Piper is designed to give residents space to breathe while living within a dynamic neighborhood that offers immediate access to transit, retail and recreation." -Brad Reisinger, Regional President of Development for Quarterra in the Pacific Northwest. Through its participation in the City of Redmond's art program, The Piper's two five-story mid-rise buildings will be separated by a linear pedestrian art walk pathway, highlighted by murals, sculptures and other works from 11 different artists. The community will also periodically house artists in residence in a dedicated space along the art walk. The Piper will consist of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, ranging from 475 square foot studios to 1,400 square foot spacious three-bedroom homes to accommodate growing families. Residents will enjoy access to street-fronting co-working spaces, a luxury club room and theater room, resort-style pool and spa overlooking the park, indoor kids' playroom, outdoor kids' play zone, outdoor plaza and a significant allocation of electric vehicle chargers. In addition to an on-site pet spa, residents of The Piper will have easy access to the 40-acre Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Park, the largest dog park in the region. Situated at 17305 NE 67th Ct. in Redmond, the community is just blocks from the future Southeast Redmond Light Rail Station and within a short drive of key thoroughfares, including Redmond Way, State Route 520 and East Lake Sammamish Parkway, leading to Bellevue, Seattle, Sammamish, Issaquah and Kirkland. The transit access links The Piper to the regions primary tech sector employers such as Microsoft, Facebook/Oculus, Amazon, Google, Space X, Nintendo and SmartSheet. The Piper is just a few minutes from downtown Redmond, the Microsoft campus and Downtown Bellevue. Residents will also enjoy walkability to Whole Foods Market and easy access to Redmond Town Center – a mixed-use shopping and entertainment development with more than 110 shops, restaurants and breweries. The Piper is one of three joint ventures between Quarterra and QuadReal in the region including recently opened Ovation in Seattle's First Hill and Spectra, also in Marymoor, now welcoming its first residents. "The property location is incredible, residents of The Piper will enjoy an amenities package that complements the unique and idyllic setting. QuadReal is excited to welcome The Piper into a global residential portfolio of over 65,000 rental units and continue to partner with Quarterra on new residential developments across the US." -Jameson Weber, Managing Director, Head of Americas, QuadReal. Debt financing was provided through JPMorgan Chase & Co. Other key members of the team include Encore Architects, Gensler as interior designer, structural engineer BCQ, land use attorney McCullough Hill Leary, and Weisman Design Group as the landscape architect. NineDot Arts curated the art collection. As a MFTE/AARCH program participant, The Piper will offer 10% of its homes at 50% area median income (AMI). The Piper is Quarterra's ninth development in the Seattle Metro Area. 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RMA’s Aggressive Growth Strategy Continues, Acquires C Below

RMA Group | January 18, 2023

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OpenSpace with Insta360 Sphere Expands Support for Drone-based Reality Capture

Openspace | January 24, 2023

OpenSpace, a global leader in reality capture and AI powered analytics, has recently announced platform support for the Insta360 Sphere, an easy-to-install, dual 360° camera that can be mounted to DJI Mavic Air 2 and Air 2S drones. When combined with OpenSpace's technology, drone capture with Sphere is simple and scalable, making 360° capture accessible to a broader corporate audience. Sphere joins an increasing list of capture technologies supported by OpenSpace's platform, such as 360° cameras, mobile cameras, drone cameras, and LiDAR scanners, empowering users to capture in a manner of their choice. The Insta360 Sphere integration produces a 360° view using two cameras, one upward facing and one downward facing, where the camera is rendered invisible in the capture, allowing drone pilots of varying levels of experience to capture all aspects of a job site without the need for additional flights. In addition, Sphere simplifies installation and flight with an easy locking mechanism and FlowState stabilization to ensure smooth filming. OpenSpace is currently beta testing captures with the Insta360 Sphere in order to optimize calibrations, capture processing, image quality, battery life, ease of installation, elevated captures, and angle selection. Customers will be able to get Sphere support later this quarter. OpenSpace Capture allows users to attach cameras to their hard hats, drones, robot, or other apparatus and walk around the site as they usually would. Once the video is sent to the cloud, OpenSpace's computer vision technology stitches images together and pins them to the floor plan regardless of where the camera is mounted, thus establishing a reliable visual record of the site state. Powered by the company's Vision Engine, the site image map is ready to view about 15 minutes after it has been uploaded. About OpenSpace OpenSpace, founded in 2017, is an AI technology firm on a mission to bring new levels of transparency and efficiency to the construction and real estate industries. It uses cutting-edge technology to empower teams to capture, evaluate, and complete their job efficiently. OpenSpace integrates common off-the-shelf 360° cameras, computer vision, and artificial intelligence, thereby making it simple to capture a complete visual record of a project site, share it over the cloud, and track progress remotely. The platform serves as a single source of information, increasing coordination, driving accountability, and simplifying conflict resolution.

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