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Modern And Youthful: 4 Small Apartments With Fierce Style

July 23, 2018 HD Staff 0

Filled with modern color palettes, genius storage solutions, and exquisite furnishings, you won’t want to miss these humble homes. From an apartment that uses bold patterns to make a statement to another overflowing with simplistic Mid-Century Modern charm, they may all differ in style but are equally captivating with their meticulously crafted floor plans and […]

Oskar Zieta inflates steel to create Daliowa island pavilion in Poland

July 23, 2018 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Polish designer Oskar Zieta has created a public sculpture in Wrocław using an inflated steel technique he plans to use for larger works of architecture. The Nawa pavilion is installed on Daliowa, one of many small islands in the Oder River where it runs through Wrocław. The reflective, undulating structure — composed of 35 metal

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Oskar Zieta inflates steel to create Daliowa island pavilion in Poland

July 23, 2018 Rima Sabina Aouf 0

Polish designer Oskar Zieta has created a public sculpture in Wrocław using an inflated steel technique he plans to use for larger works of architecture. The Nawa pavilion is installed on Daliowa, one of many small islands in the Oder River where it runs through Wrocław. The reflective, undulating structure — composed of 35 metal

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Beijing house by Atelier About Architecture features a storey for a disabled dog

July 23, 2018 India Block 0

The layout, colour scheme, materials and furniture of this house in Beijing have been built to cater to the needs of the owner’s disabled dog. Atelier About Architecture created Dog House for a client whose pet suffers from a congenital joint disease. The house’s basement is largely the dog’s space. It has been designed with soft flooring to be gentle on

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —, an open source leader in AI, today announced a collaboration with Google Cloud to integrate the company’s full suite of products, including open source platform, H2O-3, and the automated machine learning platform, H2O Driverless AI, with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to supercharge AI and machine learning capabilities in the cloud. The combination provides data science teams with a machine learning platform that is optimized and ready-to-use on an entire data management infrastructure within a matter of days. With these new integrations, enterprise customers can efficiently and effectively harness the full potential of their data with AI to make mission-critical business decisions.

“Customers are looking for AI solutions that are not only simple to implement and use, but that will also scale with their organizations over time, so we’re excited to integrate’s products and capabilities with Google Cloud Platform,” said Adam Massey, Director of Global Technology Partners at Google Cloud. “Our collaboration will give customers access to enterprise-grade machine learning and AI capabilities from both and Google Cloud.”

With this partnership, and Google Cloud are poised to speed innovation for a rapidly growing market: IDC predicts that spending on AI and machine learning will grow from $12B in 2017 to $57.6B by 2021, and that enterprise spending on cloud services and infrastructure will be more than $530 billion by 2021.

The new integrations of product suite with Google Cloud Platform include:

  • H2O-3 and Driverless AI on Google Cloud Platform Marketplace: H2O-3 and Driverless AI are both now available on Google Cloud Platform Marketplace, allowing any organization using Google Cloud to start an H2O cluster or use Driverless AI to either start or build on their machine learning workflows.
  • H2O-3 and Driverless AI with KubeFlow: H2O-3 and Driverless AI integrations work with the open source technology to allow organizations deploying machine learning workflows on Kubernetes to run across open hybrid infrastructure. It allows for automatic and elastic scaling.
  • H2O Sparkling Water with Google Data Proc: This new integration between H2O Sparkling Water and Google Cloud enables data science teams to migrate their big data machine learning workloads to Google Cloud with Apache Spark and H2O.
  • Driverless AI on Google BigQuery: Driverless AI can now ingest data from Google BigQuery, allowing organizations who have moved their assets off servers to bring that data to Driverless AI without needing to also copy or transfer it into another depository.

“H2O is democratizing AI by making automatic machine learning for the enterprise faster, cheaper and easier. We are excited at the deep partnership with Google Cloud Platform to make that vision real by bringing best in class scalable infrastructure together with robust open source AI ecosystem. TensorFlow and H2O4GPU are core to Driverless AI architecture,” said Sri Ambati, CEO and founder of “With H2O Driverless AI on the Google Cloud Platform customers can trust in AI to transform business processes with faster time to market and scale past the current limits and talent gap in AI and Cloud. The teams at Google and H2O are working relentlessly to make AI ubiquitous and easy for businesses worldwide.”

About is an open source leader in AI. Its mission is to democratize AI for all. is transforming the use of AI with software with its category-creating visionary open source machine learning platform, H2O. More than 14,000 companies use open-source H2O in mission-critical use cases for Finance, Insurance, Healthcare, Retail, Telco, Sales, and Marketing. recently launched Driverless AI that uses AI to do AI in order to provide an easier, faster and effective means of implementing data science. In February 2018, Gartner named, as a Leader in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms. partners with leading technology companies such as NVIDIA, IBM, AWS, Azure and Google and is proud of its growing customer base which includes Capital One, Progressive Insurance, Comcast, Walgreens and PayPal. For more information and to learn more about how is transforming business processes with intelligence, visit

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Joseph Mercer suggests creating more “feral” London green belt

July 23, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Royal College of Art graduate Joseph Mercer has proposed building Netherlands-style greenhouses on London’s green belt to intensity food production and allow farmland to be returned to a wilder natural state. Mercer envisions building a series of greenhouses on the Metropolitan Green Belt, a band of countryside that runs around London to control urban growth. As

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Being Nudged by AI

Personal AI (artificial intelligence) assistants are now nearly ubiquitous. Every leading smartphone operating system comes with a personal AI assistant that promises to help you with basic cognitive tasks such as searching, planning, messaging and so on. Usage of such devices is effectively a form of algorithmic outsourcing: getting a smart algorithm to do something on your behalf. Many have expressed concerns about this algorithmic outsourcing. They claim that it is dehumanizing, leads to cognitive degeneration, and robs us of our freedom and autonomy.

Classically, following the work of Alan Turing, human-likeness was the operative standard in definitions of AI. A system could only be held to be intelligent if it could think or act like a human with respect to one or more tasks. The precise definition of AI is divided into four main categories: thinking like a human, acting like a human, thinking rationally, and acting rationally.

Humans have long outsourced the performance of cognitive tasks to others. If humanistic outsourcing demands its own ethical framework, then presumably AI outsourcing does too. But what might that ethical framework look like?

In order to think about the ethical significance of such cognitive outsourcing, it helps to draw upon some theoretical models. One thesis- according to the situated/embodied cognition school of thought is that cognition is not a purely brain-based phenomenon. We don’t just think inside our heads.  Cognition is a distributed phenomenon, not a localized one. We use maps to navigate, notebooks to remember, rulers to measure, calculators to calculate and so on. We can think about these interactions with cognitive artifacts at the system level (i.e., our brains/bodies plus the artifact) and the personal level (i.e., how we interact with the artifact):

  • At the system level, the cognitive performance is often enhanced by the artifact: me-plus-pen-and-paper is better at than me-without-pen-and-paper. But the system level enhancement is achieved by changing the cognitive task performed at the personal level: instead of imagining numbers in my head and adding and subtracting them using some mentally represented algorithm, I visually represent the numbers on a page, in a format that facilitates the easy application of an algorithm.
  • On the other hand, when we start using a new artifact to assist with the performance of a cognitive task, we shouldn’t think of this simply as a form of outsourcing. The artifact may share (or takeover) the cognitive burden, but in doing so, it will also change the cognitive environment in which we operate. It will create new cognitive tasks for us to perform and open up new modes or styles of cognition.

One thing that is missing is any discussion of the positive role that AI assistance could play in addressing other cognitive deficits that are induced by resource scarcity. If a resource is scarce to you, you tend to focus all your cognitive energies on it. In other words, cognitive outsourcing through AI could redress scarcity-induced cognitive imbalances within one’s larger cognitive ecology. This serves as a counterbalance to some concerns about degeneration.

Moreover, autonomy and responsibility should also be taken into account when it comes to a discussion of the role of AI assistance. It is commonly believed that personal happiness and self-fulfillment are best served when one pursues goals that are of his/her own choosing; it is also commonly believed that the achievement and meaning derived from personal goals is dependent on one’s own being responsible for what one does. If AI assistance threatened autonomy and responsibility, it could have an important knock-on effect on our personal happiness and fulfillment.

There is some worry that AI would gradually ‘nudge’ a person into a set of preferences and beliefs about the world that are not of his or her own making. Yet, there might be something different about the kinds of nudging that are made possible through AI assistants: they can constantly and dynamically update an individual’s choice architecture to make it as personally appealing as possible, learning from past behavior and preferences, and so make it much more likely that they will select the choice architect’s preferred option.

The primary value of some interpersonal actions comes from immediate, conscious engagement in the performance of that action. To the extent that AI assistants replace that immediate, conscious engagement, they should be avoided. Nevertheless, in many other cases, the value of interpersonal actions lies in their content and effect; in these cases, the use of AI assistants may be beneficial, provided they are not used in a deceptive/misleading way. This is, of course, very generic.

The intention would be for these principles to be borne in mind by users of the technology as they try to make judicious use of them in their lives. Yet, these principles could also be of use to designers. If they wish to avoid negatively impacting on their user’s lives, then considering the effect of their technologies on cognitive capacity, autonomy, and interpersonal virtue would be important.

More guidance on which types of activity derive their value from an immediate conscious engagement or the situations/abilities that would be in need of some resiliency would always be desirable.

The original Data Driven Investor article contributed by Ayse Kok is here. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of CDOTrends.

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Spotlight: Richard Rogers

July 23, 2018 Rory Stott 0

As one of the leading architects of the British High-Tech movement, Pritzker Prize-winner Richard Rogers stands out as one of the most innovative and distinctive architects of a generation. Rogers made his name in the 1970s and ’80s, with buildings such as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Headquarters for Lloyd’s Bank in London. To this day his work plays with similar motifs, utilizing bright colors and structural elements to create a style that is recognizable, yet also highly adaptable.

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7 Shout-Outs to Architects in Rap Lyrics

July 23, 2018 Jack McManus 0

About a month before he unveiled his eighth album Ye in June, Kanye West re-entered architectural conversation with the unexpected and mostly unexplained announcement that he intends to hire architects and industrial designers to staff an architecture practice connected to his Yeezy brand. An outspoken fan and admirer of contemporary architecture, Kanye’s fashion and design projects have been a major focus for him since shortly after the prodigious producer started making his own rap albums. Kanye’s architectural ambitions have been an interesting factor in the relationship between architecture and rap culture, which seems to be just coming into focus through programs like the Hip Hop Architecture Camps organized by Michael Ford’s Urban Arts Collective, and the research of Sekou Cooke. Architecture and rap music have influenced each other in ways we’re just starting to notice—with the connection between the two even revealed as consciously and conspicuously as rappers including references to notable architects in their lyrics.

Fijal House by Mole Architects borrows details from Ely cathedral

July 23, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

The sawtooth brick facades and steeply pitched roof of this house designed by Mole Architects in Ely, Cambridgeshire, are derived from architectural features found at the city’s famous cathedral. The Cambridge-based studio was tasked with developing a two-storey family house on a plot in Ely’s central conservation area. Fijal House replaces a garage on a site

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LAM – Lisser Art Museum / KVDK architecten

July 23, 2018 Rayen Sagredo 0

From country estate to cultural park
The Keukenhof is famous around the world for its flower garden. Laid out between 1950 and 1958 for a National Flowering Bulb Exhibition, the garden is part of the grounds of the historical Keukenhof country estate. Dating from 1658, it featured a terraced garden with an artificial dike, unique in the Netherlands at that time. In 1860 the entire park was redesigned by the celebrated father and son landscape architects J.D. and L.P. Zocher. The estate has since been accorded national heritage status. In a masterplan drawn up in 2010, the area around Keukenhof Castle was designated a ‘cultural park’.

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Spotlight: Geoffrey Bawa

July 23, 2018 Patrick Kunkel 0

Despite his late entry into architecture, Geoffrey Manning Bawa FRIBA, (July 23, 1919 – May 27, 2003), explored modernism and its cultural implications, and created a unique, recognizable style of design which had a lasting impact on architects across the world. Well versed in Modernist theory, Bawa was one of the original proponents of Tropical Modernism, a design movement in which sensitivity for local context combines with the form-making principles of modernism. Bawa’s architecture led to the formation of a new architectural identity and aesthetic for many tropical environments, and won him recognition and awards, including the Chairman’s Award of the Aga Kahn Special Chairman’s Award for Architecture (2001) and the title Deshamanya, in recognition by the government of Sri Lanka for his contributions to his country.

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Clifton Cathedral / Purcell

July 23, 2018 Daniel Tapia 0

Purcell, the UK’s leading firm of architects, master planners, and heritage consultants, has completed repairs to the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of SS. Peter and Paul in Clifton, Bristol, making Britain’s last major church building watertight for the first time. Purcell worked closely with the client, Clifton Diocese, to improve the internal environment while respecting the architecture of the brutalist structure, with detailed design proposals that harmonize with the richness of the iconic building.