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Martin Fischer: AI and virtual reality can help society build better

Harnessing the latest tools of computer science, an engineer hopes to reshape one of the oldest fields of human endeavor — construction.
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Developing infrastructure requires understanding human nature, the environment, materials and building techniques. | Stocksy/CACTUS Creative Studio

For a profession that has existed essentially since the beginning of human civilization, few people fully appreciate the importance of construction in our everyday lives, but Martin Fischer does.

To build the key infrastructure of society, he says, requires intimate understanding of human nature, the environment, the materials and the ever-evolving techniques of building things.

Fischer has grown frustrated with the present state of his profession and decided to change its trajectory using artificial intelligence and virtual reality to redefine what construction will look like in the future.

It’s an effort he hopes will unite the profession in creating more efficient, safer and more livable homes, buildings, airports, bridges and more. Fischer muses all about the future of construction in this episode of Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast with host Russ Altman

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