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The fully functional toilet is a work of art called “America”

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FILE - The Guggenheim Museum in New York has installed an 18-carat, solid gold toilet that patrons can use. (Guggenheim). VOA
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Nov 19, 2016: If you find yourself at New York’s Guggenheim museum with an urgent need to go to the bathroom, you probably shouldn’t try to use the museum’s 18-carat gold toilet.

Waits to use the golden throne are reportedly up to two hours.

The fully functional toilet is a work of art called “America.” It first went on display in September.

It’s the creation of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, who reportedly stated the art is about economic inequality.

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According to the museum, the toilet is a “a bold, irreverent work … ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity,” adding that the point of the exhibit is “making available to the public an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the 1 percent.”

A New York Times reporter was able to use the golden throne ahead of its opening to the public, saying it “looks best when in use, sparkling so much it’s almost too bright to look at, especially during the flush, which may be a new postmodern sublime.”

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According to newspaper, the arrival of the elaborate toilet was delayed because it was difficult to install. Its cost was underwritten by private donors and is not being revealed. The gold commode is to be available for use indefinitely at the Guggenheim restroom on the fifth floor ramp.

This is not the first time a toilet has been used as a work of art. In 1917, artist Marcel Duchamp called a porcelain urinal mounted to the wall a “Fountain” creating an uproar in the art community. (VOA)

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Samsung Launched its Next AI Research Centre in New York

The company earlier announced a plan to boost its AI research capabilities and employ about 1,000 specialists by 2020

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Samsung Electronics Co has launched here its sixth artificial intelligence (AI) research centre which will focus on robotics research, the company said on Sunday.

The tech giant is seeking to strengthen its AI capabilities and has opened research institutes in South Korea, Britain, Canada, Russia and the Silicon Valley in the US, Yonhap news agency reported.

The new centre, which opened on Friday, is led by Daniel D. Lee, a leading AI and robotics scientist who joined the company in June.

“New York is one of the world’s great cities, and with this new facility, we will be able to leverage the tremendous talent in the area,” Lee said in a statement.

“We also look forward to collaborating with top universities and academic centres in the region.”

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The new centre, which opened on Friday, is led by Daniel D. Lee, a leading AI and robotics scientist who joined the company in June.

H. Sebastian Seung, a renowned neuroscientist, serves as the centre’s chief research scientist.

The company earlier announced a plan to boost its AI research capabilities and employ about 1,000 specialists by 2020.

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“What we need now is to focus on creating new values that make people’s lives easier and more convenient by harnessing the power of AI in Samsung’s products and services,” said Kim Hyun-suk, President and Head of Samsung Research.

“To do this, our global AI Centres, including the New York AI Centre, must play a pivotal role.” (IANS)