Manage Pop Ups In Chrome How to Choose Your Furniture When Renovating

Renovating your home sometimes means you have to replace the furniture in your house. Buying furniture is easy, but choosing the furniture can be a little intimidating. After all, the reason you want to renovate your house is either to make it look nice inside, make it safer for your family or to make the house more functional.Whatever your reason may be for renovating your home, you have to choose the right furniture that matches your need and design preferences. Here are some things you should consider when buying furniture.1. DesignThis is a very important decision to make, especially if your reason for renovating is to enhance the beauty of your house interior. There are many furniture designs to choose from and so many categories of furniture designs enough to make your head spin. How do you know which furniture to choose?


Determine what the interior design style of your house is. It could be classical, modern or minimalist for example. Then choose furniture that matches the kind of interior design your house has. Minimalist houses work best with simple furniture that does not have so many designs. Classical interiors work best with classical furniture. The color of the furniture should also match the theme of the house.2. MaterialsFurniture durability depends on the materials used on it. Hardwood furniture is a good choice because of its durability and flexibility of use. Modern homes could use some stainless material in the furniture to enhance the modernity of the house. When choosing a furniture, always ask what it is made. A quick online research will tell you whether the material would last long.Try to avoid plastic furniture because they are not durable, often too light and therefore unstable and may not be able to carry the weight of the items you place on them. Be careful of furniture with glasses too if you have children because if the glass breaks it can injure them. If you want furniture with glass, try finding one that uses fiberglass.3. SpaceConsider how much space the furniture would take in your house. If you have a small interior, then it is only common sense to avoid space-hogging furniture. On the other hand, if your interior is too spacious, using small furniture may make it look empty. Just balance your furniture size and the size of your home interior and you will be fine.If you want furniture that can hold a lot of stuff but your interior is small, you may be able to save space by buying slim, but tall furniture so you can use the vertical space in your home.


4. SafetySafety first should be a mantra of furniture buyers. While most furniture in the market are quality tested, there are some defective ones that manage to pass through the meticulous testing process. You renovate to enjoy your home life, not to put your life at risk. Make sure the furniture you buy has a good balance to keep it from tumbling over. It should not have sharp corners that could injure you. It should also be made with good quality materials and in the case of wood furniture, be not treated with poisonous chemicals.Choosing furniture can be daunting, but if you don’t want to waste money on furniture that’s unsafe for your family and does not match the overall theme of your home interior, plan your furniture shopping while keeping the four factors above in mind.

Artificial Intelligence and Our Humanity

We hear and read about it everywhere these days.

You hear people saying, “The future is now.”

“We have to give way to technology.”

“We’ll be better off and live better lives (maybe not even work) if we let AI do it.”

Yes, technology is here, and we are living at the dawn of the age of AI, and it’s a topic that we’ve seen and heard a lot more about this year.

I wonder what the opportunities will be for the average person. You know, the person who is not the founder of Facebook, Google or Amazon, which have placed such high barriers to entry that it will be rare for companies to break into that stratospheric league.

What’s Going to Happen with Humans?

Do you wonder what’s going to happen to the average person? AI are taking over customer service, writing, design, sales, law, and medicine. As a businessman and social entrepreneur, the reality is that if you’re looking at things in a purely bottom-line manner, using AI could make a whole lot of sense. They never get sick. They work 27/7/365. They never stop and can indeed produce more than any human can–in a lifetime. From a pure dollars and cents perspective, AI can make a lot of sense.

But then you have to wonder about the broader implications of AI, and I sense that society has not even started to get its head around the implications. If you pay even a little attention to the news, then you know that a few months ago Facebook engineers shut down and pulled the plug on AI that decided on its own to go ahead and develop a new language. It was more efficient for them to get the work done, but humans did not understand. It seems that the language was basic, but what happens if the AI had not been shut down? Would they have developed a highly sophisticated way to communicate and operate that completely excised human?

I agree that technology can be beneficial to society. I think most people would agree that we’d prefer to send a bot into a dangerous situation, say war, rather than ask our men and women to put their lives on the line. I think there’s something to be said for the rapidly expanding role of robotics in medicine. For example, the fact that we’ve started to print human organs with 3D is a significant advancement, and we have to hope that many lives will be saved.

The Deeper Issues Related to AI

My concern as I dig deeper into the issue of AI is what the implications are for the human race, and yes, that even includes how we in the philanthropic sector connect with each other and with the world we serve. As I noted in the previous article I wrote, the Partnership on AI, which is a collaborative effort between mega-companies such as Facebook, Apple, Google and leading non-profits such as UNICEF and Human Rights are trying to lead the conversation about the implications of AI in all of our lives.

If you tune in even a little bit into the conversation about AI, you know that we have to deal with many issues, including some of the following:

Safety: We don’t want to be in a situation where AI is created, and it is not obligated to protect human life.
Transparency: We had the recent situation with Facebook where they shut down AI, but who rules (government or business) when someone says “Houston, we have a problem”?
Labor and the Economy: Whose responsibility is it to train people as AI develops and what will their work functions be in light of a much more powerful AI partner? Will people even have jobs?
Society: For communities around the world, which certainly includes nonprofit and philanthropic work, what will be the impact of AI on philanthropy, education, charitable work, science, private/public partnerships, etc.

The reality seems to be apparently developing that there are few areas–if any–that AI will not touch.

Humanity’s Competitive Advantage

When I read about issues related to AI, I think of one thing–humanity. I believe we all have to get into the conversation now about the implications of AI. I’m someone who likes and values people precisely because we are imperfect. There is a lot of prose and poetry in the human condition. AI cannot love, demonstrate courage, hope, dream, feel fear, etc.

In my mind, those qualities are what makes humans so much better than AI. Our values are our competitive advantage in comparison to AI. There is something intrinsic within people (some call it a soul or spirit, others connect the scientific dots of all the elements that make up our brains, hearts, and bodies) that makes us unique, and yes, even exceptional.

We have a serious conversation that has to take place about AI, but it involves all humans, and we have to pay attention before we have a situation we did not bargain for in the age of technology.

The Path for Humanity as it Greets AI

In many ways, I hope that AI begins to break down the things that divide us and that we discover that as humans, we are all the same. We are. Take away the issues of money, race, religion, gender and everything else; we all bleed red.

We all hurt.

We all hope.

We all dream.

The way I see it, the time is now for humanity. It can be our finest hours at the dawn of a new age–provided we all get out of our own way and engage in a global dialogue about humanity in the age of AI.