| by Kenneth Chase | 12 comments

The making of Ada, Microsoft’s latest artist in residence installation

Ada is driven by artificial intelligence It’s a project that smiles back at you the name comes from Ada Lovelace one of the first computer programmers and the linkages between weaving and computation Knitting is one of the earliest examples of 3D printing. Additively layering, link by link, row by row, material. The project features soft forms that are more feminine vs masculine and that’s a paradigm shift in architecture The shape of Ada is an ellipsoid. It features a unique exoskeleton composed of a network of fiberglass rods and 3D-printed nodes. Every single node is different and has a unique ID attached to it. The interior surface is composed of hundreds of digitally knit cones and cells in a network of webbing. In the center of Ada is a large tensegrity cone composed of a skin of fiber optic cables Photoluminescent fiber absorbs energy from the lighting and then emits that back as knitted light, as glowing light. But the real magic comes through how people will actually engage with it. On the interior soft surface is a whole network of LEDs connected to a network of cameras within the atrium reading the facial expressions of people in an anonymous way When Building 99 is very active the project will be very vibrant and highly transformative There are moments where it blushes The hope is that people realize their engagement is actually driving the project. That the project begins to gain its own life in the way that it is interacting with people.


Beyond Zetabyte

Oct 10, 2019, 1:37 pm Reply

It's a giant pantie turned upside down

Manoel Pedro Blanco Blanco

Oct 10, 2019, 1:42 pm Reply



Oct 10, 2019, 1:50 pm Reply


Ahmad Haruman

Oct 10, 2019, 1:53 pm Reply

Very cool. I would like to see this in person.

Shahril Fifiq

Oct 10, 2019, 2:16 pm Reply

Creepy, yet innovative

Zeeshan Rao

Oct 10, 2019, 2:31 pm Reply

Wow, amazing Microsoft works hard to change the world. Keep it up.

Asaba Ndimofor

Oct 10, 2019, 2:54 pm Reply

Microsoft just made the latest tryphobia trigger

Gregory Amerio sr

Oct 10, 2019, 6:40 pm Reply


Pranav Kothari

Oct 10, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

e.g. assume red color represents depression.. and years go… it will start learning why is it red most of the times.. :/

Gregory Amerio sr

Oct 10, 2019, 6:12 pm Reply

And now Ada is 4 days old! 😀

Jennifer Loving

Nov 11, 2019, 9:52 pm Reply



Dec 12, 2019, 1:28 am Reply

Just make sure to keep it from anyone named Fitz

And never let it play The Sims either

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