The Idea Factory (14 Aug 2004)
Many faculty and students view the building as a perfect engineering challenge. New touch screens, tastefully encased in plywood boxes to blend in, have rapidly appeared near elevators so that visitors can look up their hosts or identify what seminars are in which strangely shaped rooms. If you have one of the latest cell phones in your pocket, maps and location data get automatically downloaded as you walk past one of these kiosks.
Some researchers have dispatched robots to wander the corridors and build perfect three-dimensional maps of the building's interior. I've warned them to be careful showing their results at conferences: their audiences may think the curved and sloped walls and complete lack of 90-degree angles reflect errors in their software.
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