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Scott Sheppard
Alameda, California
http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/about-the-author.html
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Over the years, since an element of Autodesk's vision is a more sustainable world, I have covered home improvements that I made to our home in Alameda: A Modest Proposal: Results of My Home Energy Audit A Modest Proposal: Improvements... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at It is Alive in the Lab
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Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
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As I mentioned in my blog post, we are going solar on our new home in Texas: A Bold Proposal: Solar Plans for My Home Energy in Cypress, Texas I got the detailed proposal from Freedom Solar Power. There are... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
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Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
Thank you for your informed comment. I do believe that machines will have consciousness. https://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/2013/05/life-of-pi-shows-why-robots-will-one-day-have-emotions.html I believe this because communication is defined by the recipient and not the sender. So when we observe machines doing things, we will interpret what they do as if they have a consciousness. At the end of the day, generative design is a multi-variable problem solver. It can consider more variables simultaneously than humans can, so it can run through many more combinations and assess the results. I don't think it will be like where "Word advises you," but instead more like you define what emotion you want your design to evoke and then designs will be generated and scored against that. Everyone remembers "Clippy," and no one wants that. Instead, the designer will be presented with lots of options to consider but when finding the right one, "It's a match." will go off in his/her head.
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In the past and even recently, I authored a series of blog posts: Do you recognize these paintings? Can you help identify this painting? Request for Help Identifying a Painting Need Help Identifying A Painting? Revit3D.com to the rescue... I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at It is Alive in the Lab
Thanks for the update. The Friedman book was published in 2001, and the Snopes article in 2007. Since Snopes lists it as partially true, I guess that the prevailing thought in 2001.
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In May, I blogged about my attendance at the Resilience by Design event at Rock Wall Winery in Alameda: Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge The other day I got a follow-up email that I am happy to share: Happy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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This year I am splitting my time between working in the San Francisco office and working remotely from Texas. As someone who grew up in Louisiana and lived in Arizona and California as an adult, I knew little about Texas.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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I have learned to separate a person from his work. When I meet someone that I am a fan of, I say, "I enjoy your work." I don't say "I love you, man. You changed my life." I try not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
You are correct in that the Joker card is not playable yet. You don't have an occupied position, partner or opponent, to swap with. After having picked, you simply discard instead. The rules for coming out are "face card or ace," not "face card, ace, or joker." So although a player must make a play if he has cards to do so, in this case, you don't have a legal play to be made.
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Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Happy New Year! Here's to another year of helping everyone imagine, design, and make a better world. Optimism is alive in the lab. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at It is Alive in the Lab
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When I started this blog in April 2007, it was about showcasing free technology previews that were available via Autodesk Labs. Hence the name, It's Alive in the Lab. Now it's about showcasing Autodesk technology. For readers who are strictly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Merry Christmas. This week, Autodesk employees in the United States have the week off. This week bridges the Christmas and New Year's holidays. It's affectionately known as the week of rest. In years before we implemented the week of rest,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab
Merry Christmas Eve. Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab
Thank you. Same to you and your family.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2018 on Merry Christmas 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab
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December 2018 Dear Family and Friends: After nine wonderful years at Crown Harbor in Alameda, CA, Sheryl and I relocated to Cypress, TX (northern part of Houston). We planned to select a lot and have a new home built with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Years ago I authored a series of blog posts: Can you help identify this painting? Request for Help Identifying a Painting Need Help Identifying A Painting? Revit3D.com to the rescue... Ever since then, I get requests from It's Alive in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab
I have blogged about the MX3D Project before: Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco Exhibit: Bridge to the future Exhibit In addition to being a 3D-printed bridge, the bridge is also an "internet of things" (IoT) structure that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Mark Rober doesn't like package thieves. So with a little ingenuity and help from Fusion 360, he did something about it. Well, you know what they say: "All that glitters is not gold." — William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab
Today's blog post comes from my colleague, Nathan King. Nathan is our BUILD Space Research Strategist and Projects Lead at the Autodesk Technology Center in Boston. The Autodesk Technology Centers are where the future of making takes shape. With locations... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab
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Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at It is Alive in the Lab