Hello, everyone. Time for our weekly roundup of articles at the intersection of BIM; artificial intelligence; and the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) space. Here goes:
Denmark's MT Højgaard has (literally) written the book on the benefits of BIM adoption. A practical guide to BIM in construction and infrastructure projectsdetails the necessary steps required for BIM implementation. The press release notes, "The book provides input for the early framing of the effective digital collaboration between all parties involved in the project, which is the condition for being able to work the context of the building or civil engineering project into the model." It is a go-to reference for coordinators and students alike.
Innovation in artificial intelligence continues to create a buzz all over the world. At last week's World Economic Forum, a panel of tech experts discussed the state of AI as it exists now versus where it's headed. While current AI systems, such asSiri and Watson, can perform better and faster than humans at certain tasks, they are restricted to very specific jobs. The experts used Watson as an example. While Watson can beat a chess master or win at Jeopardy, ask him to play poker and he wouldn't know what to do. The ultimate goal is to expand AI from a "narrow system" to a more general application.
That's exactly the effort being undertaken at Harvard University. A team is analyzing the human visual cortex to help make artificial intelligence as fast as the brain. By studying visual activity, they hope to "understand how neurons are connected to each other with the end goal of creating a more accurate and complex artificial intelligence system. These learnings could allow the creation of the first computer systems that can interpret, analyse and learn information as quickly and successfully as human beings."
The application of such technology is seemingly endless. AI systems are already being developed for use in everyday applications such as football, hedge funds, and possibly even political speeches (wouldn't it be ironic if they made them less robotic?). The struggle scientists face is getting AI systems to evolve and be able to do similar tasks in different ways according to changing environments and circumstances.
The possibilities are mind-boggling. We leave you this week with a riveting mashup of Beck, Chemical Brothers, and 3D printing.