- Dec 17, 2013
AI and mixed reality are technologies Microsoft, and other tech giants see as the future of computing. What type of experiences might Microsoft's investments in each yield as mixed reality mixes with AI?
Mixed reality is the continuum from augmented reality (AR) to virtual reality (VR). The former superimposes holograms in a user's field of view via wearable technology such as Microsoft's AR headset HoloLens. The latter immerses wearers in virtual environments via VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and Mixed Reality headsets. A convergence of AR and VR on a single, untethered wearable, where lenses transition between clear (AR) and opaque (VR) is the technology's goal.
AI is the field of computer science that seeks to create intelligent machines that can behave, work and react like humans. AI has already begun permeating our lives. Intelligence-imbued systems are part of manufacturing, computer security, apps such as Microsoft's Seeing AI and Hearing AI, messaging platforms like Google's Allo, smartphone cameras, a host of digital assistants and more. Microsoft's and Google's leaders Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai, respectively, have made AI a driving force in their company's missions.
AI, bots and canvases
Via its Conversations as a Platform and Bot's Framework strategies, Microsoft is striving to infuse intelligence into its products, services, and IoT. Additionally, Microsoft's intelligent cloud, intelligent edge, and 5G are evolving platforms that are key to supporting AI-driven products and services. Given AR's potential as the future of computing and AI's evolution, how might the fusion of the two be implemented in business, healthcare and among consumers in the future?
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