With Watch Room, our goal is to contribute to the budding conversation around the promise and perils of Artificial Intelligence research, in a way that respects the complexities involved. As such, we've done our best to create a story that touches on everything from simulation theory, to brain emulation, to Roko's Basilisk... to that most hallowed of science fiction questions: "What makes us human?" Another goal of ours is to illustrate the possibilities within the realm of virtual reality. Of course, Watch Room's scientific roots drink deeply from rich dramatic soil. On one level, we're just plain old excited to make a film that's a joy to watch: smart and twisting in a way that respects the audience and keeps you guessing right up to the end.
Debates on AI (Artificial Intelligence) have been making quite a few rounds of late. From whether robots will take over human jobs to the mere assumption of a virtual computer simulation, there has been a lot of hullaballoo surrounding AI, virtual reality and augmented reality and its possible applications. Adding to the debate comes an intriguing statement from Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX CEO, wherein he stated: "there is only "one in billions" odds that we're not living in a computer simulation." But before letting our imaginations run wild, let us actually look how artificial intelligence is transforming the way salespersons are interacting and connecting with prospective customers and closing deals successfully. By identifying patterns in emails utilising natural language processing, AI powered CRM solutions can very well predict your responses and will even draft e-mails for you accordingly.
There are several drivers for the growth of artificial intelligence in the travel sector; these range from cost saving for travel agents to a preference by millennials to work with artificial intelligence and chatbots. As to what artificial intelligence can deliver, this ranges from answering questions about amenities, services and local attractions through to managing the booking process. To gain a clear insight into how artificial intelligence is being applied and what future disruption has in store, Digital Journal caught up with Anil Kaul, CEO of Absolutdata (a consulting-oriented Analytics & Research firm based out of San Francisco, California). Digital Journal: What are the major trends in the travel sector? Anil Kaul: There are many.
The sum total of the world's data is evolving at a massively accelerating rate and has refused to stop. Several areas of technology that benefit from this data onslaught include virtual reality, augmented reality and also artificial intelligence (AI). Because of the rate at which these technologies are being developed and used to perform sophisticated functions, many enterprise thought leaders have started wondering what the future of AI will look like in the coming years.
Escaping the trough of disillusionment for virtual and augmented reality [TechCrunch]: S. Somasegar writes about AR/VR's long road to mass adoption, stating, "Gartner has placed VR within its tech hype cycle as precariously struggling out of the trough of disillusionment, described as a period of waning interest as'experiments and implementations fail to deliver.'" However, while Somasegar says mainstream adoption is still likely three to five years away, "We still believe that in twenty years, VR will be a ubiquitous force and as pervasive and transformative as the internet was in the 90s or the smartphone was in the 2000s. Every 2D interface will be re-imagined and re-architected for 3D." He goes on to outline some of the big opportunities in AR/VR just waiting to be tapped by "those brave enough to weather the trough of disillusionment." Google artificial intelligence guru says A.I. won't kill jobs [Fortune]: Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of artificial intelligence startup DeepMind, recently addressed some common concerns around AI at an O'Reilly event, and Jonathan Vanian recapped the highlights in Fortune this week.