The Jenny Sabin Studio team includes Jenny E. Sabin, Architectural Designer and Artist; Dillon Pranger, M.Arch. ’15, Project Manager; John Hilla, Designer; Jeremy Bilotti ’18, Designer; and William Qian ’19, Designer. The Microsoft Research team is Eric Horvitz, Technical Fellow and Director; Shabnam Erfani, Director of Special Projects; Asta Roseway, Principal Research Designer/Fusionist; Wende Copfer, Principal Design Director; Jonathan Lester, Principal Electrical Engineer; Daniel McDuff, Principal Researcher; and Mira Lane, Partner Director/Ethics.

Cornell Professor Creates AI-Interfaced Photoluminescent Fiber Installation to Facilitate Dialogue Through Technology

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.

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DELGADO | Artificial Intelligence’s Exclusivity Issue

Humans have created systems to simplify global problem-solving and expedite learning for almost a century. Artificial intelligence is cited by some industry leaders as the next big breakthrough in human technological evolution. Detractors claim that AI poses a unique range of challenges. Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed the potential dangers of AI and how future overreliance on AI could lead to the downfall of human creativity. Musk referred to humanity as the “biological boot loader” for computer programming.

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WANG | On Yesterday, Song-Writing and Artificial Intelligence

By now, you’ve probably heard about the upcoming film Yesterday. It follows a struggling musician who gets the break of a lifetime when he’s rudely waylaid by a truck, and he awakens to a world suddenly forgetful of The Beatles. Through sheer bashfulness and chutzpah, he starts to “write” hit song after hit song from the Beatles catalog for a girl he’s after. We can guess where the movies goes: He gets the girl, writes the hit song, rides off into the sunset. The whole movie is a sundae in cinematic form: Sweet and reliable with a pleasant aftertaste.

Audrey Mann Cronin spoke to students and faculty at Warren Hall on Thursday.

Alumna-Created App Works to Improve Speech Quality of Students and Faculty

It’s your high school English teacher’s dogma: “cut the likes, replace the so’s and the um’s, speak slowly yet clearly — don’t stutter.” This so-called “word vomit” often doesn’t leave people’s vocabulary even past school, and Audrey Mann Cronin ’87 is determined to professionalize speech through her app, LikeSo.

DAVIES | Illusory Intelligence

The technical possibilities of tomorrow are just as incredible as those of the 1950s because they are real. Simultaneously everything is within reach and nothing. We use new technologies but few people understand their function. Machines, programs and devices on the horizon, rushing towards us, will be far less widely understood than would those of the 20th century, had they come to pass. It is conceivable that most people, with a modicum of study, could understand the functioning of a color TV or a flying car depicted in a pulp science fiction book.

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Is the Robot Uprising Actually Going To Happen?

Siri debuted in 2011 as one of the first intelligent personal assistants. Since then, personal assistants have become an integral part of the smartphone experience, providing a way to more efficiently interact with the hand-held device. They can perform simple tasks like taking notes and setting reminders. While this doesn’t seem like much in 2016, these features were ground-breaking a mere five years ago. Today, Facebook uses facial recognition that makes tagging friends easier, while Netflix and Spotify use learning algorithms to suggest your next favorite movie.