Artificial Dumbness May Be a Solution for Engineering Smart Machines

Scientific American | February 12, 2019

The benefit of central command and control of complex systems is often obvious. Eyes and legs in communication with the brain allow us to walk in a straight line. But this type of human-made or natural system can at times suffer from acute vulnerabilities. The crippling of important areas of U.S. socioeconomic activity during the recent partial government shutdown gives a vivid example of what happens when a nation’s central control unit suddenly switches off. The dying of brain cells in neurodegenerative diseases, extinguishing the body’s controller, demonstrates the same weakness in biological systems.

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A robotic bartender called Yanu will soon be fixing thousands of drinks at some major European airports. The AI-powered bar unit will be fully autonomous and capable of making 100-150 drinks per hour.

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A robotic bartender called Yanu will soon be fixing thousands of drinks at some major European airports. The AI-powered bar unit will be fully autonomous and capable of making 100-150 drinks per hour.

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Cornerstone Building Brands Partners with pulsESG™ for ESG Reporting and Measurement

Cornerstone Building Brands | October 31, 2022

pulsESG, a pioneering software as a service (SaaS) platform offering enterprises a centralized system of record and reference for environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics, announced today that Cornerstone Building Brands has selected pulsESG as its ESG platform for data collection, management and analytics. The technology enables companies to more fully integrate ESG efforts into their operations and build the framework to drive and measure sustainability goals. Cornerstone Building Brands will use the pulsESG platform to report ESG metrics from across their facilities and to streamline the collection, integration and analytics of their ESG data from ERP, HR, Supply Chain and other systems. The application will be used to simplify SASB, GRI and other sustainability standards reporting. “At Cornerstone Building Brands, we are committed to helping build stronger communities now and for generations to come. Strengthening our ESG capabilities is a significant step toward creating more sustainable exterior building solutions, and our partnership with pulsESG will allow us to measure and analyze our ESG data with improved speed and accuracy.” -Alena Brenner, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Cornerstone Building Brands. The pulsESG team is excited to provide a comprehensive, integrated and flexible SaaS platform that will support Cornerstone Building Brands’ efforts to capture, analyze and measure progress, said Murat Sönmez, pulsESG Co-founder and CEO. “Our technology offers a complete ESG performance management platform, including disclosure frameworks, regulatory compliance, GHG calculators, benchmarking, and goal setting with full audit trail, We are looking forward to partnering with Cornerstone Building Brands to help them accelerate their impact through our innovative platform.” -Inderjeet Singh, co-founder and CTO of pulsESG. About Cornerstone Building Brands: Cornerstone Building Brands is the largest manufacturer of exterior building products by sales for residential and low-rise non-residential buildings in North America. Headquartered in Cary, N.C., we serve residential and commercial customers across the new construction and repair and remodel markets. Our market-leading portfolio of products spans vinyl windows, vinyl siding, stone veneer, metal roofing, metal wall systems and metal accessories. Cornerstone Building Brands’ broad, multichannel distribution platform and expansive national footprint includes more than 20,000 employees at manufacturing, distribution and office locations throughout North America. Corporate stewardship and environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibility are embedded in our culture. We are committed to contributing positively to the communities where we live, work and play. About pulsESG: Founded in 2021, pulsESG is a public benefit corporation dedicated to empowering purpose-driven enterprises to manage and improve their ESG footprint with an integrated and comprehensive SaaS platform built for compliance tracking and insight.

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CHA Acquires Florida-Based Eckler Engineering

CHA Consulting, Inc. | November 18, 2022

CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA), an innovative engineering design, consulting and construction management firm, announced today it has continued its expansion in Florida with the acquisition of Eckler Engineering, Inc. (Eckler), a specialized civil engineering firm focused on water and wastewater services. Based in the Fort Lauderdale area, Eckler provides engineering services to commercial, industrial and municipal clients. Their services include water supply, treatment and distribution, as well as wastewater collection and treatment and water reclamation. "Having Eckler join CHA adds technical breadth and geographic reach to our growing water resources team to address the complex challenges of resiliency and water/wastewater management facing our clients in Florida and across our national footprint, Maintaining clean drinking water systems and designing infrastructure for water treatment and stormwater management is a priority for many municipalities and industrial clients that we are committed to helping solve." -Jim Stephenson, CEO of CHA Holdings. This is CHA's third acquisition in Florida in less than two years. The addition of Eckler Engineering brings CHA's water resources team staff count to over 160 and company-wide staff count to just over 1,500 across 45 offices. Eckler's office in Broward County is strategically located to serve clients in the Broward County area and support CHA's other south and central Florida locations. "We are very happy to have this opportunity to join the CHA team. It is an exciting time for CHA with its growth in Florida and across the southeast in recent years. This collaboration will bring expanded technical capabilities and resources to our clients in Southeast Florida." -Doug Hammann President Eckler Engineering. About CHA Consulting, Inc: CHA Consulting, Inc. is an innovative, full-service engineering design, consulting and construction management firm providing a wide range of technology-enhanced planning and design services to public, private and institutional clients. CHA was ranked the 61st largest engineering firm in the United States in 2022 by Engineering News-Record. With technical personnel and offices throughout the United States and Canada, CHA offers engineering, architecture, survey, asset management, construction, project management, and other services necessary to complete projects on time and within budget. About Eckler Engineering, Inc: Eckler Engineering, Inc. is based in Coral Springs, Florida. For nearly forty years, the firm has provided professional engineering services to municipal, commercial and industrial clients focused on water supply, treatment and distribution, reclaimed water, wastewater collection and disposal, and stormwater management.

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Dassault Systèmes and Samsung Heavy Industries Cooperate to Establish a Smart Digital Shipyard

DASSAULT SYSTEMES | November 29, 2022

Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: FR0014003TT8, DSY.PA) (Paris:DSY) today announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with Samsung Heavy Industries, a global leader in the high-tech shipbuilding sector, to create a “smart yard” based on new digital transformation technology with the aim to establish a fully digital shipyard and a competitive edge. The smart yard is designed to optimize the shipyard operations’ scheduling and execution as well as streamline and automate the flow of information required for construction, to accelerate production and assembly operations. Samsung Heavy Industries can better meet the booming demand for liquefied natural gas carriers by improving its capacity to produce them and shortening their delivery time. By introducing model-based systems engineering, Samsung Heavy Industries can design more sophisticated and sustainable vessels requiring more automation, new systems and propulsions, and higher safety and control. MBSE, which is already a standard product development method in the transportation and mobility, aerospace, and high-tech industries, will enable Samsung Heavy Industries to strengthen its competitiveness in the ship development process and accelerate this process thanks to full traceability from concept to production. “Automation systems are proven to greatly affect business efficiency across all industries. A smart yard in the shipbuilding industry will also help reduce construction costs and improve the quality of ships, We plan to accelerate innovation in shipbuilding.” -Jung Nam Lee, DT Director, Samsung Heavy Industries. The cooperation with the Smart SHI team of Samsung Heavy Industries will allow Dassault Systèmes to organize a consultative group for digital transformation to define and validate new processes and tools required to achieve the smart yard. This will involve Dassault Systèmes’ core technologies and experts from its local office and global headquarters. Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform-based smart yard will support a unique digital thread integrating various data sources and real-time operations information. Connecting the virtual twins of ships and the virtual twin of the shipyard, automating and standardizing business processes with artificial intelligence, and optimizing planning and operations within the shipyard and with the supply chain will enable smart innovations for both production methods and production execution. “It is essential for Korea’s shipbuilding to accelerate its transformation with new and advanced technologies that allow it to keep its leadership in productivity and quality for complex vessels, and we are proud to support SHI in this journey, Through our cooperation with Samsung Heavy Industries, we’re given an opportunity to introduce and implement our outstanding marine industry solution experiences, and achieve a new paradigm in the shipbuilding industry in Korea.” -François-Xavier Dumez, Vice President, Marine & Offshore Industry, Dassault Systèmes. ABOUT DASSAULT SYSTÈMES: Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative 3D virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production to achieve a more sustainable world for patients, citizens, and consumers. Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 300,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.

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