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23 Aug 2021
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Elon Musk unveils Tesla Bot, a user-friendly humanoid robot powered by vehicle AI.
Will we live in a future where robots will do our shopping? Elon Musk seems to think so. Tesla CEO on Thursday unveiled a humanoid robot called the Tesla robot which works on the same AI as that used by the fleet of autonomous vehicles of the automobile brand. (Although a working version of the robot did not appear during Musk’s reveal, a dance performer dressed as one did.) The five-foot-eight robot will be constructed from “lightweight materials” and equipped with autopilot cameras. used by Tesla vehicles to sense their surroundings. “It’s meant to be friendly,” Musk joked, “and to navigate a world built for humans.” Musk also noted that while he calls AI the “biggest risk we face as a civilization,” humans could easily overtake and overpower the Tesla Bot, and even program it to eliminate repetitive tasks such as than the grocery store. “What we’re trying to do here at Tesla is create useful AI that people love and that’s unequivocally good.” Now the question that preoccupies us all: Is this a joke?
Global engineering company AECOM moves headquarters from LA to Dallas.
The business exodus from California continues with AECOM, the multinational engineering firm that recently announced it will move its global headquarters from Los Angeles to an existing office in Dallas by October. Although AECOM CEO Troy Rudd and other members of the C-suite will relocate, more than 2,500 employees will remain in California. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has recently become an unlikely magnet for business; more than 140 companies have settled in North Texas since 2010, and more than 45 of these companies were previously based in California. Taxes are probably to blame: The 1% business tax in Texas is paltry compared to the 8.84% corporate tax rate in California.
The prominent Museu de Arte in São Paulo in Brazil is planning a 14-storey extension.
One of Brazil’s most prominent modern and contemporary art museums has important expansion projects. São Paulo’s Museu de Arte has announced the construction of a new 14-story structure that will be separate from its existing two-story building, designed by pioneering architect Lina Bo Bardi in 1968. The new facility will be named after her husband , the co-founder of the Pietro Maria Bardi museum, and will connect to the existing building through an underground tunnel. Scheduled to open in early 2024, the new building will add 75,000 square feet to the museum, of which 28,000 are reserved for galleries spread over five floors.
Madison Avenue lags behind other retail centers as in-person shopping rebounds.
Despite all the signs that brick-and-mortar retail is rebounding after pandemic ushered in e-commerce addiction, some retail centers are becoming left behind. Orbital Insight estimates that pedestrian traffic along the Madison Avenue stretch from 57th to 72nd Street has stagnated at just 71% of 2019 levels. Upper Fifth Avenue and Soho, two other major upscale shopping districts in Manhattan, see more buyers than before the pandemic. The closure of Barneys New York may be partly to blame, although Madison Avenue also has little appeal to young people who tend to congregate downtown. “You’re more likely to meet your friend in SoHo for a weekend brunch than going to a museum on Madison Avenue,” said Ruth Colp-Haber, who heads Wharton Property Advisers. Bloomberg. “They don’t want to go to fancy neighborhoods, that’s where their parents and grandparents live.
Former Art Basel director Noah Horowitz joins Sotheby’s as a “whispering gallery”.
Noah Horowitz’s departure from his role as Director of the Americas for Art Basel left the art world guessing where he would go next. According to a recent report in Vanity Show, the enterprising executive landed at Sotheby’s in the newly created role of global head of gallery and private dealer services. In his new role, Horowitz will focus on strategy and relationship building of the auction house with galleries and dealers. “With the arrival of Noah, we can serve the market on an even greater scale,” says Brooke Lampley, President and Global Sales Director, “by bringing together all the capabilities that Sotheby’s has to offer to foster creative and rewarding collaborations. .
The Dutch firm Mecanoo receives the European Architecture Prize 2021.
Francine Houben and Dick van Gameren, the two main architects of the Dutch design firm Mecanoo, received the prestigious European Architecture Prize. Presented by the European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum, the award recognized the winners for their contributions to the field of design that reinforce the company’s overall philosophy of ‘people , place and purpose ”. In the announcement, Chicago Athenaeum President Christian Narkiewicz-Laine noted how Mecanoo’s projects seamlessly combine “architecture, town planning, landscape and interior in a non traditional “and how” over the years, they have learned that functions inevitably change, requiring an incredible amount of creative flexibility and acute aesthetic dexterity in order to create buildings prepared for (unpredictable) change. Previous award winners are Henning Larsen, Manuelle Gautrand and Bjarke Ingels.
Frieze London returns to the Regent’s Park tent with an ambitious program.
Despite a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, London frieze seems to have picked up where it left off. The contemporary art fair will return to Regent’s Park from October 13 to 17 with a program of 276 galleries, almost as many as in 2019. Among these are the pillars Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner, Xavier Hufkens and Lévy Gorvy, including Frieze London Artistic Director Eva Langret said “confirms that London is one of the most exciting artistic capitals in the world, which has weathered the pandemic with tremendous resilience”. Thematic sections will focus on the era: Unworlding, organized by curator Cédric Fauq, offers new models for the future while addressing the turbulence of the past year, and a new section called Stand Out highlights design and decorative arts. For those unable to attend in person, the show will continue to offer virtual viewing rooms and complimentary online programs.
Today’s Attractive Distractions:
A documentary about the prolific painter of television Bob ross comes to Netflix.
Loro Piana is slowly making Juventus the most elegant team in football.
Digital reconstructions show what White House could have looked like.
A standard crochet awning refreshes a shopping district in Malaga.