I had just sat down to work one Saturday afternoon, when the familiar sound of the clothes washer, starting its spin cycle like an airplane taking off, started humming in the background. It was that sort of familiar noise that was both comforting and quickly drowns out the background, allowing me to sink quickly into a nice flow with some engineering work.
Suddenly, with a loud thump, the sound of a rattle, and something too awful to describe, the spinning machine came to a dramatic halt. I knew immediately it was the washing machine, as that peaceful hum was no longer softly blanketing the background. An uncomfortable silence was left in its void.
I walked over to the machine and made a quick inspection. Sure enough, there was a dim indicator on the front panel that read Err as my clothes sat in a soapy swamp. My first indication was to go online and seek some machine first-aid at ifixit.com. As an engineer myself, it’s almost a reflex to begin the troubleshooting process, no matter the medium.
Down the rabbit hole I went, educating myself on condenser units, evacuation pumps, controller computers, and the impressive array of components used to assemble these machines. Eventually some sort of alarm went off in my mind, and I was hit with the heavy reality of having wasted several hours attempting to gain expertise in a field I barely knew. So, I called the repair line and booked a repair.
Easy enough. In modern times, we have access to nearly immediate service only a phone call or screen-tap away. Though as I sat back down at my computer, I began to wonder if there was another, more efficient way to allow the manufacturer to diagnose and service my washer. After all, the selfish side of me reasoned it would save me, as the consumer, some additional TCO in the life of the appliance.
On the flip side, what if I would’ve just declared the device defective, irreparable, or obsolete? Would it have made its way to a recycling yard or trash heap as I enjoyed the delivery of a shiny new product? Appliance manufacturers are producing products with shorter lifespans than ever and higher failure rates than their legacy counterparts.
This drives earlier whole-unit replacements and generates more waste. However, I would add that the millennial generation has a distaste for such environmental or corporate villainy, quickly sniffing out its presence and choosing the more sustainable option instead.
Consumer electronics are attractive, and the provocation of lust for the “next best thing” is always innate in their marketing strategies. However, what if we had another option where our devices could detect or predict failure, suggesting and even ordering replacement parts for us in the meantime? What if we could then be guided by the manufacturer through a mobile app, giving us the opportunity to save time and money by walking us through the replacement process?
If we were constrained for time, at least the manufacturer could realize savings, both environmentally and in labor cost, by invoking only one trip for the service technician. Even better, what if the device could fix itself?
Though the idea, at some levels, seems trivial, one critical piece to construct such a tool has been missing: visual cognition. Though computers have been getting better at recognizing individual parts, an ensemble of image recognition, cognition, and communication (chat-bot) are necessary for this type of automation.
It’s at the intersection of these three that we can begin to create fully automated solutions where we can rapidly decrease our ejection of defective technology to landfills and simultaneously reduce our environmental impact, in the end saving money for both ourselves, and the producers of the products we enjoy.
Taking this one step further, with accurate failure reporting and detection, manufacturers can design products that perform their tasks more reliably and efficiently. Instead of ending up in the trash, as 70.8 percent of consumer electronics eventually do, fully functional “hand me downs” could enrich less affluent regions, with the maintenance cost also reduced through the above means.
Through I regularly defend the positive impact of AI to my friends who entertain a dystopian viewpoint, at the intersection of industries are possibilities that I gloss over on a daily basis. To a larger degree, even the receipt of defective machine parts for recycling could then be automated, allowing the return path to be optimized in a way that isn’t currently possible.
My washing machine is now fixed, and I have some fresh, clean clothes. However, next time an appliance breaks and I’m tempted to discard it, I would love to have Artificial Intelligence take care of the process, saving both environment and resources at the same time.
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నరకాసురుడు అనే రాక్షసుణ్ణి చంపినా సందర్భంగా జరుపుకుంటున్న పండుగ దీపావళి భారతదేశం లోనే హిందువులు చేసుకుంటున్న పండగలలో ఇది ఒక్కటిగా చెప్పుకోవొచ్చు.దీపావళి నాడు లక్ష్మి దేవి ని పూజిస్తే ఐశ్వర్యాలు సిద్ధిస్తాయని,విజయం సాధిస్తామని చెడుని ఎదిరించి దైర్యం వస్తుందని అంటారు పెద్దలు.దీపావళి మహా లక్ష్మి కి చాలా ప్రీతిపాత్రమైనది గ చెప్పుకుంటారు.ఆ రోజు భక్తి శ్రద్దలతో తల్లిని పూజిస్తే ఎలాంటి కోరికలు అయిన తీరుతాయని నమ్మకం.ఇక దీపావళికి భక్తిగా నోముకుంటే ఆ సంవత్సరం అంతా శుభం కలుగుతుంది.అయితే ఇప్పుడు దీపావళికి అర్ధం మార్చేశారు దేఎపావలి అంటే పటాసులు కాల్చడమే పండగ అనుకుంటున్నారు
ఇక మరికొందరు దీపావళి పండగ అనగానే పొద్దున్న లేవటం మటన్ లేదా చికెన్ వంటి మాంసాహారం తెచ్చి వండుకొని తింటుంటారు.దీపావళి మహా లక్ష్మి కి ప్రీతిపాత్రమైన రోజు అందుకే ఆ రోజు మాంసాహారం తీసుకోవడం మంచిది కాదు.దీపావళి నాడు పూర్తిగా ఉపవాసం చేసి కేవలం శాఖాహారం అది కూడ ఆకు కూరలను తీసుకున్నట్లైతే మంచి జరుగుతుందని చెబుతున్నారు పండితులు.ఎంత పూజ చేసి ఎన్ని కొబ్బరి కాయలు కొట్టిన కూడ ఆ రోజు మాంసాహారం తింటే ఫలితం ఉండదు.లక్ష్మి దేవి పూజ చేసిన రోజు మాసాహారం తీసుకోవడం మంచిది కాదని అలా చేయడం వల్ల అష్ట దరిద్రాలు చుట్టుకుంటాయని అంటారు.అలా చేస్తే ముఖ్యంగా ఆర్ధిక ఇబ్బందులు ఎదురు అవుతాయి.డబ్బులు వచ్చినట్లు వచ్చి ఖర్చు అవుతుంటాయి అందుకే ఆ రోజు ఎత్తి పరిస్థితుల్లో మాంసాహారం తీసుకోవోద్దని చెబుతున్నారు
7 Haunted Hotels That’ll Scare
The idea of ‘ghosts’ has always been interesting but experiencing paranormal activity can lead to some indelible scars on one’s mind. People all around the world have felt spooky feeling in some hotels. Some fled while some stayed back to narrate stories. From icy sensation to weird sounds to haunting apparitions, some hotels of the world have really seen “too much”. Apart from celebrities, royals and common people, some hotels have also been visited by ghosts and spirits.
Here’s a list of spooky hotels from around the world:
#1 Stanley Hotel, Colorado
A hotel of paranormal activity has witnessed the ghosts of F.O. Stanley, the founder, and his wife passing through the lobby quite frequently. Also, the sound of children running and giggling down the halls is a common phenomenon in this spooky hotel. Opened in 1907, this hotel lost one of his housemaids, Elizabeth Wilson, in 1911. It is said her ghost once returned to assist the guest with their belongings in room 217. Chilling, isn’t?
#2 Hotel Roosevelt, California
This hotel is world famous for the celebrities it houses and also the lavish parties. Sadly, this lovely hotel has also witnessed some spooky happenings like the ghost of Marilyn Monroe viewing herself in the mirror placed in her former suite and also the ghost of the late actor Montgomery Cliff playing his trombone from room 928. How spooky is this!
#3 Langham Hotel, London
A very notable historical hotel in London, Langham hotel was established in 1865 and since then it has seen the coming and going of famous celebrities and some lavish parties. Other than celebrities and royals, ghosts also find respite in this hotel which has often heard guests complaining about seeing the apparition of Napoleon the third, a German soldier and a doctor who murdered his wife. If willing you can book room 333, the most haunted of all rooms! Willing, anyone?
#4 Hotel Raj Kiran, Lonavala
The authorities got so disturbed from constant complaints from residents of the room at the corner of reception area about bed sheets being pulled off forcefully, seeing a blue ray of light in midnight, that they have now stopped renting that room. It’s been vacant since many years. So scary!
#5 Ballygally Castle, North Ireland
The castle was built by Lord Shaw and his wife Lady Isabella in 1625. Sadly, Lady Isabella fell off from the top of the tower. Some say she jumped while some say she was pushed. Her ghost is seen wandering in the hotels, knocking at the doors and then disappearing. In her honor, the hotel has reserved a room as the “The Ghost Room”.
#6 The Savoy, Mussoorie
One of the most famous haunted hotels in India, The Savoy was built in 1902 but after the murder of Lady Garnet Orme in 1910, began witnessing weird paranormal activities in the hotel. Famous for its haunted corridors and walls, the hotel was visited by the Indian Paranormal Society who recorded a lady’s whispers. Wonder what she was trying to say?
#7 Hotel Burchianti, Italy
Built in Florence, the hotel is famous for its impeccable styled rooms and the opulent décor. But apart from these what makes this hotel a bit more special is a list of paranormal activities going on at a regular basis. Guests have often seen the ghosts of children skipping down the halls, a lady sitting in a chair and knitting and a maid doing her cleaning jobs early morning. Visitors of Fresco Room where once Mussolini stayed, complain of being watched continuously and feeling an icy breath on their faces. Haunting!
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