While College of Architecture, Art and Planning students take courses that traditionally rely on the availability of studio spaces and materials, students and faculty now have to reimagine what these classes would look like online.
The newly renovated Mui Ho Fine Arts Library houses over 100,000 books suspended from the ceiling. The steel grate floors between the three levels of stacks are permeable by air and light — and are see-through.
According to Bala, modern A.I. is capable of amazing feats, but likely won’t produce anytime soon the kinds of general A.I. seen in movies like The Terminator. That kind of A.I. is “very, very far out, if at all it will ever be achieved,” Bala said.
In Building 99 on Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington campus, Prof. Jenny Sabin, architecture, unveiled her latest project: an AI interface called Ada that translates people’s facial reactions into color by using a network of a dozen cameras designed to collect people’s facial expressions. Sabin, who was invited to participate in Microsoft’s Artist in Residence program, hoped to “explore artificial intelligence in ways that would make it more human centered — would provide bridges to understanding the technology.” Through Ada, she hopes to bring more people closer to artificial intelligence in a more friendly, approachable manner. Ada was named after gifted mathematician and early computer programmer Ada Lovelace, who was cited to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. According to Sabin, the system functions as an interface for “expressing sentiment data that’s been picked up by cameras and reveals the data through light and color.”
Beyond the 12 cameras within the room, there is also an additional sensor and camera contained inside the project that can override the other cameras. These sensors and cameras read “the collective sentiment of the building [facial expressions] from individuals,” according to Sabin.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded three Cornell alumni with architecture, fiction and music awards for 2019. With the intention of sustaining literature, music and fine arts, the academy honors over 70 people who have dedicated their life craft to sustaining those very components.