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Beyond Pokemon Go: how AR will create a ‘deep reality’ we can’t escape from (Darran Anderson)

Augmented reality (AR) – at this fledgling stage at least – projects and amplifies that which already exists. At a basic level, it’s a series of glorified apps escaping a hand-held format for a pseudo-holographic one. It will also allow us to alter our surroundings. Yet this technology is about to take over our environments in a much deeper sense.

The effects of AR on our behaviour and identity will be substantial. Saturated with information, we will have more choice than ever, provided we can afford the options on show. Our lives will arguably become far more convoluted. The freeing up of time and energy from menial tasks may be offset by competing interests vying for our attention…

Source: Beyond Pokemon Go: how AR will create a ‘deep reality’ we can’t escape from

Where accelerating technological Development will lead us in the next 15-20 years (André Cramer)

I would like to share some of my thoughts on key developments that I believe will determine our lives in the upcoming two decades. Almost all of this is fueled by ever more accelerating technological progress and there are a lot of opportunities in it. As well as significant challenges.

Looking back at the perceived principle of the industrial age, where growth occurred or seemed to occur in a linear function, today we know about Moore’s Law. We have been able to observe it for the last 50 years where over time it became clearer that we have a doubling of computing power roughly every 1,5 years.

Now how does that apply in our everyday life? Where do we actually see that technologies get more and more “disruptive”? To show that this is not about buzzwords, here are a couple of examples for “wow” type of developments: Continue reading “Where accelerating technological Development will lead us in the next 15-20 years (André Cramer)”

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5 predictions for Artificial Intelligence for for the coming year (Stuart Frankel)

Artificial intelligence (AI) has officially gone mainstream. Industry research firm Gartner named AI as its number one strategic technology for a second year in a row. The acquisitions race among giants like Google, IBM, Salesforce and Apple to purchase private AI companies keeps heating up — 2016 alone saw 40 AI-related acquisitions and our own research found that 62% of large enterprises will be using AI-technologies by 2018.Since everyone seems to be talking about AI broadly, we focused our predictions this year on what we see happening with communications and AI…

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Great insights into biggest achievements of last 3 Years & Outlook on next 3 Years: The Near Future of VR and AR and  what you need to know (Singularity HUB)

Unexpected convergent consequences…this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. This post (the third of seven) is a look at virtual and augmented…

Source: The Near Future of VR and AR: What You Need to Know – Singularity HUB

The Chips are down: The semiconductor industry will soon abandon its pursuit of Moore’s law. Now things could get a lot more interesting. (Mitchell Waldrop)

Next month, the worldwide semiconductor industry will formally acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore’s law, the principle that has powered the information-technology revolution since the 1960s, is nearing its end.

A rule of thumb that has come to dominate computing, Moore’s law states that the number of transistors on a microprocessor chip will double every two years or so — which has generally meant that the chip’s performance will, too. The exponential improvement that the law describes transformed the first crude home computers of the 1970s into the sophisticated machines of the 1980s and 1990s, and from there gave rise to high-speed Internet, smartphones and the wired-up cars, refrigerators and thermostats that are becoming prevalent today…

Source: The chips are down for Moore’s law : Nature News & Comment

A must-read on where Artificial Intelligence is now and what’s just around the Corner (Singularity HUB)

At A360 this year, my expert on AI was Stephen Gold, the CMO and VP of Business Development and Partner Programs at IBM Watson. Here’s some context before we dive in.

Artificial intelligence is the ability of a computer to understand what you’re asking and then infer the best possible answer from all the available evidence.

You may think of AI as Siri or Google Now on your iPhone, Jarvis from Iron Man or IBM’s Watson.

Progress of late is furious — an AI R&D arms race is underway among the world’s top technology giants…


Source: Where Artificial Intelligence Is Now and What’s Just Around the Corner – Singularity HUB

Great Artificial Intelligence Outlook for this year: 2016, the Year of AI made Real (Blake Irving)

Last month, I found myself in the same hotel bar as IBM Chief Scientist Grady Booch and our conversation eventually turned to a hot topic: the near future of AI.  We weren’t talking strong AI like “open the pod bay doors Hal,” but the much more common (i.e. real) intelligence called “applied AI” that’s quietly sneaking into our homes and businesses.  I’ve written quite a lot about both kinds of AI lately, because barring a major civil unrest or natural disaster it’s likely to change the way we live more than any other type of innovation.  I just don’t think it will happen the way most people think…

Source: 2016: The Year of AI Made Real | Blake Irving | LinkedIn

On AR/VR Impact: How The Growth Of Mixed Reality Will Change Communication, Collaboration And The Future Of The Workplace (Pete Sena)

Sci-fi tech, meet Wall Street.

A recent report from investment bank Goldman Sachs predicted that within 10 years, virtual reality hardware will be an $80 billion industry. This “base case” forecast assumed that adoption will be slow, as compared to that of smartphones and tablets, but, the report noted, “as the technology advances, price points decline, and an entire new marketplace of applications (both business and consumer) hits the market, we believe VR/AR has the potential to spawn a multi-billion dollar industry, and possibly be as game changing as the advent of the PC.”…

Source: How The Growth Of Mixed Reality Will Change Communication, Collaboration And The Future Of The Workplace | TechCrunch

Great in-depth Assessment: Inside Facebook’s Ambitious Plan to Connect the Whole World (Jessi Hempel, WIRED)

The stern woman behind the press desk at the United Nations is certain I’ve made a mistake about the person I’m here to see. “Mr. Mark Zuckerberg?” she says. “Who’s he?” ¶ He’s an Internet executive, I tell her. He started Facebook. It’s the second week of the United Nations’ General Assembly. Several hundred reporters crowd into the press holding area. Nearby, on the main plaza, heads of state stroll by. In this place, it seems, Mark Zuckerberg might as well be Mark Smith.¶ She checks her dog-eared schedule, then makes a call, enunciating into the receiver: “ZOO-ker-burg. Mark ZOO-ker-burg.” Silence. “Yes, the Facebook guy.” More silence, during which it occurs to me the UN is like the opposite of Facebook. If it had motivational posters on the wall, they’d read: Move slow and break nothing. Finally, she hangs up and turns back to me. Zuckerberg is on the program after all, she concedes, speaking just before German chancellor Angela Merkel.

A short time later I slip into the back of a two-story amphitheater where Zuckerberg, dressed in a dark suit and a tie, has come to make the case that the Internet should be considered…

Source: Inside Facebook’s Ambitious Plan to Connect the Whole World | WIRED

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