How Lyft envisions bringing VR and AR to your ride

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Lyft is exploring ways to integrate virtual reality and augmented reality into your Lyft rides, according to a couple of patent applications TechCrunch came across today. The first, filed in July 2017, is for "providing a virtual reality transportation experience" that would respond to real-world forces and events that happen during your ride, like sudden stops, turn and bumps in the road. Over time, the VR system would be able to predict those bumps and turns in the road. "For instance, the virtual reality transportation system accesses the historical information for each maneuver along the route and identifies previous inertial forces that transportation vehicles have experienced in the past for the same turns, merges, stops, etc," the application states. "In some cases, the virtual reality transportation system determines (e.g., calculates) an average of each of the previous inertial forces for the maneuvers along the travel route to predict the inertial forces that the passenger will experience."


Artificial Intelligence will drive innovation and development in 2017, says Ericsson – Tech2

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an important development and consumers globally will see it playing a much more prominent role -- both in society and at work -- next year, a new report said on Tuesday. Ericsson ConsumerLab, in its annual trend report titled "The 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2017 and beyond", said that 35 percent of advanced internet users want an AI advisor at work and one in four would like AI as their manager.At the same time, almost half of the respondents were concerned that AI robots will soon make a lot of people lose their jobs. At the same time, almost half of the respondents were concerned that AI robots will soon make a lot of people lose their jobs. With an increase in IoT adoption, two in five believed smartphones will learn their habits and perform activities on their behalf automatically. Also, one in four pedestrians would feel safer crossing a street if all cars were autonomous and 65 per cent of them would prefer to have an autonomous car."As autonomous cars become reality, car sickness issues will increase.


Agenda / Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

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While developing negotiating chatbot agents, Facebook researchers found that the bots spontaneously developed their own non-human language. From the personal assistants in our mobile phones to the profiling, customisation and cyber protection that lie behind more and more of our commercial interactions, AI touches almost ever... It's widely accepted that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have a huge impact on our lives in the coming decades - but what's its value to the global economy? Scientists are working on ways artificial intelligence algorithms could digest massive texts and extract their meaning, presenting it in terms regular people can understand. China has filed more than 8,000 AI patents in the five years to 2015, a 190% growth rate that outpaces other leading markets significantly. The US military is developing robots capable of flying all types of aircraft.


Augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality do bring value to industry

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Back in August of last year, I asked for good examples of augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality (together known as extended reality). Unsurprisingly, I saw plenty of examples of the type my original post complained about: Visually stunning, but almost entirely useless for anything other than showing off. Then there were the augmented reality glasses, used to recreate a particular workflow that everyone involved eventually agreed was simpler, cheaper, and more effective when done with pen and paper. But there were also solid use cases, where real time and money were saved, and real benefits accrued. And there were examples of advances in hardware and software that decrease cost, increase usability, and begin to make the previously impractical worth a fresh look.


ICYMI: Microsoft throws everything into mixed reality

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Today on In Case You Missed It: Microsoft introduced a bunch of new products this week but the darling might be the new Surface Studio, with 65% more pixels in it than a standard 4K monitor. Meanwhile Anheuser-Busch teamed with self-driving truck company Otto for a beer run demo through Colorado. Finally make sure you send your virtual reality friends this fail of a VR mountain climber so we don't all learn the same lesson. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.