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Will virtual reality and AI help us to find love or make us lonelier?

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Two lovers hold hands across a table, overlooking a virtual vista of the Mediterranean. As the pair exchange sweet nothings, the fact they are actually sitting thousands of miles apart bears little significance on the romantic experience. The couple was deemed "hyper-compatible" by online dating technology that matched them using a search engine infused with artificial intelligence (AI). Using data harvested about their social backgrounds, sexual preferences, cultural interests, and even photos of their celebrity crushes, they were thrust together in a virtual reality of their own design. This technology is in the early stages of development.


A.I. and virtual reality can determine neurosurgeon expertise with 90 per cent accuracy

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Machine learning-guided virtual reality simulators can help neurosurgeons develop the skills they need before they step in the operating room, according to a recent study. Research from the Neurosurgical Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Learning Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) and McGill University shows that machine learning algorithms can accurately assess the capabilities of neurosurgeons during virtual surgery, demonstrating that virtual reality simulators using artificial intelligence can be powerful tools in surgeon training. Fifty participants were recruited from four stages of neurosurgical training; neurosurgeons, fellows and senior residents, junior residents, and medical students. They performed 250 complex tumour resections using NeuroVR, a virtual reality surgical simulator developed by the National Research Council of Canada and distributed by CAE, which recorded all instrument movements in 20 millisecond intervals. Using this raw data, a machine learning algorithm developed performance measures such as instrument position and force applied, as well as outcomes such as amount of tumour removed and blood loss, which could predict the level of expertise of each participant with 90 per-cent accuracy.


Construction industry gets creative with artificial intelligence, virtual reality

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As technology progresses, business leaders are always looking for ways to remain on top of their game. In the realm of the construction industry, the use of innovative technology is vital for developers to stay ahead. Countless trends have been introduced to the sector. Every new tactic helps workers approach their line of work in new and unique ways. That being said, these five technological innovations in the construction industry prove to be among the most exciting.


A method to introduce emotion recognition in gaming

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Virtual Reality (VR) is opening up exciting new frontiers in the development of video games, paving the way for increasingly realistic, interactive and immersive gaming experiences. VR consoles, in fact, allow gamers to feel like they are almost inside the game, overcoming limitations associated with display resolution and latency issues. An interesting further integration for VR would be emotion recognition, as this could enable the development of games that respond to a user's emotions in real time. With this in mind, a team of researchers at Yonsei University and Motion Device Inc. have recently proposed a deep-learning-based technique that could enable emotion recognition during VR gaming experiences. Their paper was presented at the 2019 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3-D User Interfaces.


How artificial intelligence and virtual reality are changing higher ed instruction

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Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) are rapidly expanding opportunities for teaching and learning, and they are giving college administrators new and different ways to track student outcomes. To learn more about the impact of these technologies, we attended a handful of panels on the topic led by higher education and technology leaders at Educause's annual conference in Denver this week. From teaching with VR to tracking student success with AI, we explore how colleges and universities are using new technologies to conduct research, teach students and create smarter campuses. Virtual and augmented reality tools can provide students with experiences that would be otherwise too expensive or even impossible to replicate in the real world, from exploring the inside of a cell to traversing faraway planets, said D. Christopher Brooks, director of research at the Educause Center for Analysis and Research. At Hamilton College, for example, these tools are changing the way the 1,850-student liberal arts institution teaches human anatomy.


Emerging technology can replace workers -- or train them for new work

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In 2012, venture capitalist and entrepreneur Marc Andreesen predicted that jobs will be divided between "people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do." Already, smartphones and other internet-connected devices assign work in a wide variety of environments, from Amazon warehouses to city streets. Workers that take assignments from computers may see their jobs completely automated as artificial intelligence and robots become more capable over time. However, these same devices also have the potential to train workers in new skills and ride out successive waves of automation. Skills training typically comes through higher education or from companies themselves.


Top jobs in 2040 will involve virtual reality, artificial intelligence & robotics - The Manufacturer

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Emerging technologies such as virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will strongly influence the careers we do in the future, according to new research from BAE Systems. Almost half of young people (47%) aged between 16-24 believe that one day they will work in a role that doesn't exist yet, but only one-in-five (18%) think they are equipped with the skills required to future-proof their careers. Three-quarters (74%) also feel that they are not getting enough information about careers that will be available in the future. These are the findings of a new study by BAE Systems, which also revealed that 70% of young people want more guidance on the skills that will be in demand in the next 20 years to help make more informed decisions on their further education and careers. In response to these findings, futurists and technologists at BAE Systems have predicted what they think will be the the top jobs in 2040 and the areas of study that students should pursue to equip them with relevant skills.


Managing Technology for the Post-Digital Era

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An emerging technology stack made up of distributed ledgers, artificial intelligence, extended reality, and quantum computing will drive business growth and innovation. This article is part of an MIT SMR initiative exploring how technology is reshaping the practice of management. Businesses are adopting digital technologies at an unprecedented pace, with spending on digital transformation expected to reach a staggering $1.25 trillion in 2019. As a result of these efforts, digital technologies are increasingly powering core business operations. In fact, 79% of the more than 6,600 business and IT executives worldwide that Accenture surveyed for its 2019 report, "The Post-Digital Era Is Upon Us," say that digital technologies -- specifically social, mobile, analytics, and cloud, which we refer to as SMAC -- have now moved beyond adoption silos to become part of the technology foundation for their organizations.


New Study Identifies the Power of Merging AI and IoT

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Data Analytics firm Research and Markets has released a new study, entitled "Digital Transformation 2019: 5G, AI, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud and Mobile Edge Computing, Connected and Wearable Devices, Cybersecurity, Digital Twins and Teleoperation, IoT, Robotics, Smart Cities, and Virtual Reality," which evaluates key technologies involved in digital transformation including AI, Big Data Analytics, Edge Computing, and IoT. The report says that these technologies will all be germane to the evolution of many areas important to enterprise and industrial organizations including internal and external processes, products and services, virtualization, and OSS/BSS. These issues are also the theme of the upcoming IoT Evolution Expo 2020: The Thinking IoT Arrives, which will take place in Ft. Click here to survey the AI and Intelligence-rich agenda and get registered now. The enterprise and industrial sectors are rapidly digitizing products and services, the report finds, including software-controlled and virtualized infrastructure and leveraging next-generation connectivity, signaling, and automated decision-making algorithms.


Start-up creates ultra-realistic 'Barry' the virtual employee who is sacked to train employers

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Employers can now practice laying off an ultra-realistic, AI-powered virtual employee in order to develop their soft skills before they have to fire someone in real life. Capable of realistically engaging trainees in conversation and displaying appropriate emotions, poor virtual employee Barry Thompson gets the sack over and over again. However, his reaction -- which can range from calm acceptance to angry and defensive shouting -- varies depending on the user's handing of the scenario. The firm who created Barry have also developed a number of other virtual training scenarios, from negotiation and making sales to giving feedback to subordinates. Barry is a virtual employee created by Talespin Studios.