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The World's Next Tallest Skyscraper Will Be Designed (and Partially Built) by AI

Mon, Apr 3, 2017 - 2:18pm

AI has already proven itself superior at chess, Jeopardy, Go, trading on the stock market, and all sorts of other tasks we take for granted. However, the next major paradigm shift, which will cause the whole world to marvel at what AI is capable of, will be when it designs the world's tallest building far beyond the ability of any human architect or engineer.

We have only recently begun to experiment with AI-inspired designs and many people still assume that AI can't compete with or replace human creativity. That's all about to change as Maurice Conti, Director of Applied Research & Innovation at Autodesk, explained in a recent TedTalk titled "The Incredible Inventions of Intuitive AI."

What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.

Conti states at the end, we are moving from a world where things are constructed to a world where things are grown. What will the world's tallest AI-inspired skyscraper look like and how will it be built? Like the car chassis, it will look organic, alien, beautifully complex, and be, most likely, 3D-printed. Also, I'm pretty sure, it will tower far above anything we've ever thought possible.

We may be five or ten years away from such a sight—it's hard to say—but it's going to happen...if it isn't already in the works.

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