VR without obstructing goggles opens up big opportunities

So far, using VR goggles makes nearly everyone look rather stupid. No one sees what you sees, and you face is covered. Now, Google has found a way forward which opens up great venues. Just think about it: Soon you can wear VR glasses that look like ordinary glasses, but that feed you the information you need as a layer on top of what we refer to as reality today. Soon we can, just by looking a person, see a summary of their latest Facebook and LinkedIn posts, and see suggestions of questions to ask based on their current lives. Spooky for some, but deeply meaningful for others.

Google has figured out a way to let you see VR headset users’ full faces while they’re immersed in an experience – as if the headsets were invisible.

Source: Google’s new tech turns VR headsets invisible

Amazing 3D-printing progress: Siemens print gas turbine blades #AI

It was just a matter of time before we could see this: A 3D-printed metallic component which will be used in very harsh environments. In just a few years this could change how components are sourced, manufactured, or shipped (or, rather, not shipped).

Successful first full load engine test of Additively Manufactured blades.

Source: Additive Manufacturing: 3D printed gas turbine blades – Industry & Automation – Pictures of the Future – Innovation – Home – Siemens Global Website

How companies are preparing to use Artificial Intelligence #AI

Instead of letting artificial intelligence (AI) be something abstract that scientists spend time on, companies can already prepare to use these technologies. When Infosys asked 1600 companies on how they plan to invest in AI, they responded like this:

Interestingly, 53% aim at developing knowledge and skills and 43% aim at using it for building a strong culture (here called “ethos”). This means that already today there are ideas on how to transform work. Meanwhile, for many companies, AI is still a step into the unknown, as reported by ZDNet in “Artificial intelligence: How to build the business case”. In this article, people especially see value from analyzing big data quickly. In order for the data be useful, however, you run into legal and ethical challenges that need to be solved first. And it will for sure involve a big disruption for certain professions when AI enters their domains:

“Peers recognises AI could also help change the way lawyers work, yet he also expects a cultural challenge. Senior partners trust their associates to spend hours considering the details of legal documents. Trusting computers to undertake the same task in seconds presents a different form of dependence. It’s a big shift because the reputation of that lawyer and firm is on the line”.

One way to look at the upcoming opportunities of AI is by reading “5 global problems that AI could help us solve” from World Economic Forum (WEF).

They list five problems AI could solve:

1. Healthcare

2. Making driving safer

3. Transforming how we learn

4. Help us be smarter about energy

5. Helping wildlife

By applying the ideas from the above chart on the practical ideas such as those from WEF, we can set a direction. Therefore, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs could ask questions like: “How could our development of knowledge and skills make driving safer by using AI?”. Let the ideas flow, and then later separate the crazy ones from the revolutionizing ones (there’s a fine line between these two).

Since AI still is quite early in the development, we still have time to answer such big questions. But we should not relax, I believe. AI is developing exponentially, meaning it will look radically different just one or two years from now. Therefore, take the time already now to think about how to make AI work for you.

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Top 10 hot #AI technologies incl. Natural Language Generation and Robotic Process Automation

Great overview of how artificial intelligence is applied today. More areas will of course appear later, but this is an overview of what happens now.

Artificial Intelligence – ZEROS UNIVERSE

The market for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is flourishing. Beyond the hype and the heightened media attention, the numerous startups…

Source: Artificial Intelligence – ZEROS UNIVERSE

#AI and warfare

China is breaking the US monopoly of using artificial intelligence in warfare.

China Gains on the U.S. in the Artificial Intelligence Arms Race – The New York Times

 

“RE•WORK | Blog – 5 Reasons to Enter #AI Development in 2017”

Artificial intelligence is one of the most exciting scientific developments in human history. Only a decade ago, AI was a far-fetched fairy tale. Advancements in deep learning have propelled AI enthusiasts’ wildest dreams into reality. In fact, artificial intelligence is already a part of our everyday lives, whether it be in the form of your email app that learns what messages you frequently trash or the digital assistant tracking your speech patterns. AI is more than a passing fad or unfortunate bubble. It’s the future.

Source: RE•WORK | Blog – 5 Reasons to Enter AI Development in 2017