Asia Pacific youth expect Artificial Intelligence to have biggest impact on their future: Microsoft survey - Asia News Center

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SINGAPORE, 22 February 2017 -- In our increasingly digital world, new and emerging innovations are set to disrupt the way people live, work and play. According to youth across the Asia Pacific region, the most exciting technologies expected to have the largest impact on their future lives will be artificial intelligence (AI), virtual/mixed/augmented reality (VR/MR/AR), and Internet of Things (IoT), based on survey findings released today by Microsoft. In the Microsoft Asia Digital Future Survey, 1,400 youth were polled across 14 markets across the Asia Pacific region, comprising Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Artificial intelligence (AI) is ranked as the top technology that youth expect to have the biggest impact on their lives. In recent years, the confluence of power devices, cloud and data has enabled bold visions on how AI can be an integrated part of our digital future.


Asia Pacific youth expect Artificial Intelligence to have biggest impact on their future: Microsoft survey - Asia News Center

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SINGAPORE, 22 February 2017 -- In our increasingly digital world, new and emerging innovations are set to disrupt the way people live, work and play. According to youth across the Asia Pacific region, the most exciting technologies expected to have the largest impact on their future lives will be artificial intelligence (AI), virtual/mixed/augmented reality (VR/MR/AR), and Internet of Things (IoT), based on survey findings released today by Microsoft. In the Microsoft Asia Digital Future Survey, 1,400 youth were polled across 14 markets across the Asia Pacific region, comprising Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Artificial intelligence (AI) is ranked as the top technology that youth expect to have the biggest impact on their lives. In recent years, the confluence of power devices, cloud and data has enabled bold visions on how AI can be an integrated part of our digital future.


Google Annual Showcase: Virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and Android Pay

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GOOGLE announced a draft of updates, changes, and new introductions to their latest products and innovations at their annual conference in California. The multinational tech giant focused on virtual reality and artificial intelligence during the showcase, and also announced a few new developments for their operating system, Android, which will affect its 1.4 billion users. Google's Android Pay – its rival being Apple Pay – just launched in the U.K. yesterday, having previously been an exclusive to the U.S. It also plans to expand Android Pay to Singapore and Australia this year, . Apple Pay on the other hand is already in China, Canada, Australia and Singapore, with Hong Kong and Spain in the works. The company will also be adding features to the Android operating system (O.S.) in a bid to outdo Apple's current O.S. Android users can expect better graphic and battery performances, and is also adopting a new security feature which allows users to encrypt specific files rather than the whole device.


Ancient burial site seen in VR

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Archaeologists have recreated an ancient burial site in virtual reality, to help them study hard-to-access locations at the so-called Plain of Jars site in Laos and the millennia-old relics it contains. The researchers will also use virtual reality to study other archaeological sites at the Plain of Jars, many of them located where undetonated American bombs left over from the Vietnam War make it too dangerous to dig. The virtual-reality project combines aerial video captured by a drone with geophysical data and records of archaeological excavations at "Site 1" on the Plain of Jars, near the town of Phonsavan in central Laos. It aims to create a virtual record of the unique landscape and its hundreds of carved stone jars, some of which measure up to 11 feet tall and weigh many tons, say the researchers. The images and data have been integrated into a 3D video and data simulation at a room-sized, 360-degree virtual-reality facility at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.


Witness the devastation of Aleppo in this 360-degree video

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One of the biggest and most horrific stories of 2016 has been the ongoing destruction in the Syrian city of Aleppo and a new 360-degree video gives viewers a more complete, immersive view of the of the crumbling historic city. The video, shared on Tuesday by the Aleppo Media Center, shows the ruins of the city's eastern al-Shaar neighborhood. The video isn't the first such experience to show the utter devastation in Aleppo. Earlier in 2016, Amnesty International Australia used footage shot in 2015 to put together a "virtual reality" experience of the damage in the city, the first time a war zone was seen in this format. Diana Sayed, Amnesty International Australia's crisis response campaign coordinator, told Mashable Australia at the time, "Seeing first-hand these places that were once so similar to our own streets, and are now completely destroyed, is shocking, disorienting and uncomfortable.