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Spacemaker scores $25M Series A to let property developers use AI

Spacemaker, a Norway-based startup that’s created AI software to help property developers and architects make better design decisions, has picked up $25 million in Series A funding.

The round is jointly led by Atomico and Northzone, with participation from investors in property and construction tech including Danish property developer NREP, Nordic property developer OBOS, and U.K. real estate technology fund Round Hill Ventures. A number of earlier investors including Norway’s Construct Venture also followed on.

Described as “the world’s first” AI-assisted design and construction simulation software for the property development sector, Spacemaker claims to enable property development professionals, such as real estate developers, architects, and urban planners, to quickly generate and evaluate the optimal environmental design for any multi-building residential development. To achieve this, the Spacemaker software crunches various data including physical data, regulations, environmental factors and others preferences.

“Today developers and urban planners plan sites largely ‘by hand’ — meaning they can explore 20-30 options at most as they try to optimise for a multitude of regulatory, design, environmental and economic constraints,” says Spacemaker co-founder and CEO HÃ¥vard Haukeland.

“Given the rate at which urban populations are increasing, we can’t build sustainable and liveable cities by continuing to rely on those methods. New urban developments need to make the best possible use of the available land to create comfortable spaces for residents while balancing stringent planning regulations”.

This, explained Haukeland, means answering questions such as: How can we find the best way to orient a building to optimise how much heat is needed and save energy? How can we optimise for sunlight in all the apartments in a development in the Nordics? Or conversely, how can we optimise for shade in a much sunnier country?

“Architects and developers are thinking about all those things, while at the same time trying to balance regulations and other factors such as noise, wind and accessibility,” he says.

To help with this, Spacemaker has created software that lets developers and architects “sense check” their designs and optimise for a range of different parameters, from sun exposure to noise to wind to apartment size, choosing from hundreds of possible layouts. And by enabling developers and architects to test many iterations from the earliest stages, Haukeland says Spacemaker can help developers configure volumes smarter and thus increase sellable area.

“At the same time, by intelligently distributing volumes the AI can help dramatically improve the living quality of future residents,” he adds.

To that end, Spacemaker says it works with some of the largest names in property development in the Nordics and globally including Skanska, Obos, AF Gruppen and NREP. The company’s 100+ team is said to include world-class data scientists, mathematicians, software developers, architects and urban planners.

Meanwhile, I’m told that Atomico Principal Ben Blume led the round on behalf of Atomico (contrary to the belief that only Partners do deals) and will join Spacemaker’s board along with Northzone’s Michiel Kotting.

“Construction is a large part of global GDP with significant potential for technology to improve the sector’s low productivity, and we see a willingness from the industry to look for innovative new solutions,” Blume tells me.

“We have identified a number of areas to apply new technologies across the construction project life cycle in design, project management, site management and monitoring and in some of the construction processes themselves. Spacemaker’s demonstrated ability to create value for their customers, combined with their ability to create better quality of living for the residents of the buildings it is used to design, make it a compelling proposition for the property development industry to adopt”.


Source: TechCrunch

E3 2019: E3 is changing because video games are changing – CNET

Sony is a no-show, and Nintendo stopped hosting a traditional press event years ago. What does the future hold for E3? And what can we expect to see this year?
Source: CNET

E3 2019: E3 Nintendo Direct, start time, how to watch, livestream, full schedule and more – CNET

Pokemon? Animal Crossing? Metroid Prime 4? What are we going to see at this year’s E3 Nintendo Direct?
Source: CNET

The biggest E3 video game trailers from Microsoft's Xbox conference, EA Play and more – CNET

Halo Infinite, Gears 5, Borderlands 3, Cyberpunk 2077. All the trailers you need to see are right here!
Source: CNET

E3: Halo Infinite coming to Microsoft's Xbox Project Scarlett for holiday 2020 launch – CNET

Master Chief is suiting up for another battle on Microsoft’s new console, along with Xbox One and PC, the company revealed at its E3 2019 press conference.
Source: CNET

E3 2019: Microsoft says Xbox Project Scarlett and Halo Infinite coming 2020, xCloud public test this fall – CNET

Microsoft’s showing off new games like Halo Infinite and Gears of War 5, a new console and its upcoming streaming service, called Project xCloud.
Source: CNET

"Limitar la concentración de datos nos protegería del Gran Hermano"

El experto en gobernanza de internet Viktor Mayer-Schönberger considera que no hay que fraccionar las ‘Big Tech’ para frenar su poder como se plantea en EE. UU. En lugar de esa medida, propone obligar a las grandes tecnológicas a compartir sus datos con el resto de compañías para que todas puedan innovar 
Source: MIT

Un ordenador cuántico romperá el cifrado RSA de 2048 bits en ocho horas

Un nuevo enfoque matemático revela que una máquina cuántica de 20 millones de cúbits podría hacerlo en un tiempo récord. Aunque este tipo de computadoras aún no existen, puede que estén disponibles en 25 años, lo que debería preocupar a gobiernos y agencias de ciberseguridad
Source: MIT

Este espejo flexible podría ser clave para encontrar vida extraterrestre

El MIT está a punto de lanzar al espacio un CubeSat equipado con un pequeño espejo que se autorregula en  función de las condiciones ambientales. Si funciona correctamente, futuras versiones podrían rastrear los síntomas de vida en exoplanetas de forma mucho más sencilla
Source: MIT

Here are the game trailers from Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference

Trailers. You love them, Microsoft’s got them. According to the company, there were a ridiculous 60 games trotted out on stage at today’s big E3 kickoff. Looks like the Xbox got a little extra love at the event since Sony’s MIA this year. Along with more information on its streaming service Project XCloud a sneak peek at its next console and a very special appearance by Keanu, the company had a LOT of games to show off.

Here are the biggest trailers from today’s event.

Minecraft: Dungeons – Everyone’s favorite building block title gets its very own single and multiplayer RPG adventure.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps: Announced in 2017, Moon Studio’s platformer finally arrives next February.

Bleeding Edge: Ninja Theory’s latest is a multiplayer melee combat title.

Flight Simulator: You know, you love it — or are otherwise indifferent. The classic simulator returns in 2020.

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition – Coming later this year, the title will also be available for Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Wasteland 3: The party-based role-playing sequel takes players to…Colorado Springs?

Battletoads: Don’t call it a comeback. Zitz, Pimple and Rash return for a new Gamepass title.

Gear 5: Probably the most eagerly anticipated game of the press conference, the new Gears is launching September 10.

Gears 5: Terminator Dark Fate – Here’s a fun reveal. Those who buy Gears 5 by September 16 with get a character pack, featuring the T-800 Endoskeleton from the forthcoming Terminator sequel.

Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions: The popular racing series gets the Lego treatment.

Kitten Around with RAAM: A series of animated shorts based on characters from Gears POP.

State of Decay Heartland: A new DLC pack for Heartland 2, features two stories and will be available as part of GamePass.

CrossfireX: The latest version of Smilegate’s FPS is arriving on Xbox One.

Halo: Infinite – What’s this, then? Why it’s a brand new Halo title, launching alongside Microsoft’s next-gen Project Scarlett console during the 2020 holiday season.


Source: TechCrunch

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