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Gartner identifies 'megatrend' trio to shape next decade Tahawul Tech

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Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2017 report has named three distinct megatrends that the firm says will enable businesses to "survive and thrive" in the digital economy over the next 5-10 years. The analyst firm says that Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere, transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the trends that will provide "unrivalled intelligence, create profoundly new experiences and offer platforms" that will allow organisations to connect with new business ecosystems. "In addition to the potential impact on businesses, these trends provide a significant opportunity for enterprise architecture leaders to help senior business and IT leaders respond to digital business opportunities and threats by creating signature-ready actionable and diagnostic deliverables that guide investment decisions." "When we view these themes together, we can see how the human-centric enabling technologies within transparently immersive experiences -- such as smart workspace, connected home, augmented reality, virtual reality and the growing brain-computer interface -- are becoming the edge technologies that are pulling the other trends along the Hype Cycle," Walker added.


Gartner Identifies Three Megatrends That Will Drive Digital Business Into the Next Decade

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Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere, transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the trends that will provide unrivaled intelligence, create profoundly new experiences and offer platforms that allow organizations to connect with new business ecosystems. "In addition to the potential impact on businesses, these trends provide a significant opportunity for enterprise architecture leaders to help senior business and IT leaders respond to digital business opportunities and threats by creating signature-ready actionable and diagnostic deliverables that guide investment decisions." "When we view these themes together, we can see how the human-centric enabling technologies within transparently immersive experiences -- such as smart workspace, connected home, augmented reality, virtual reality and the growing brain-computer interface -- are becoming the edge technologies that are pulling the other trends along the Hype Cycle," said Mr. Walker. This research is part of the Gartner Trend Insight Report "2017 Hype Cycles Highlight Enterprise and Ecosystem Digital Disruptions."


Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects

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Initially, say Prisma's co-founders, they'll be offering an SDK for developers wanting to add effects like style transfer and selfie lenses to their own apps -- likely launching an API mid next week. The wave of augmented reality apps that are coming down the smartphone pipe, driven by more powerful hardware and active encouragement from mobile platforms, could also help generate demand for Prisma's effects, reckons Moiseenkov, as they can offer object tracking as well as face tracking via APIs or an SDK. "We want to explore the CV [computer vision] area and help companies also produce a greater user experience with AI -- helping people to communicate easier, to solve their tasks," adds Moiseenkov. The app achieved its effects not by applying filters to the photo but by utilizing neural networks and deep learning to process the original photo in the chosen style -- generating a new image that combined both input sources.


The grantees of Engadget's $500,000 immersive arts program

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As coordinator of the Virtual Environments Lab at Pioneer Works, Martinez facilitates a residency and research program focused on emerging technologies in media art. Support has been provided in part through an AR/VR Artist Research Residency co-organized by Oregon Story Board, Upfor and Eyebeam; Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Program; Yafo Creative/Print Screen Festival Digital Arts Residency; BAU Institute Arts Residency at Camargo Foundation, Cassis; and a Pioneer Works Technology Residency; and through the University of Texas at Austin Department of Art and Art History and College of Fine Arts. Part explorer, part cultural critic, part archaeologist, part DJ, the Datanauts of Mapper's Delight use sight, sound and touch to investigate the global distances traveled by the lyrics contained in each rap artist's career while exploring the secret flows of hip-hop's spacetime through a panoptic interface. Hemphill is influenced by scientific work that pushes investigation to artistic limits and artistic work that pushes repetition toward scientific method.


AI and Connected Home hit the peak of Gartner's 2017 Hype Cycle - Which-50

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According to Gartner's 2017 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, augmented reality and virtual reality have begun to climb the'plateau of productivity' as they approach mainstream adoption. Technologies such as deep learning, autonomous learning and cognitive computing are just crossing the peak. Enterprises that are seeking leverage in this theme should consider the following technologies: deep learning, deep reinforcement learning, artificial general intelligence, autonomous vehicles, cognitive computing, commercial UAVs (drones), conversational user interfaces, enterprise taxonomy and ontology management, machine learning, smart dust, smart robots and smart workspace. "In addition to the potential impact on businesses, these trends provide a significant opportunity for enterprise architecture leaders to help senior business and IT leaders respond to the digital business opportunities and threats by creating signature-ready actionable and diagnostic deliverables that guide investment decisions."


Smartphone cameras are getting

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Big changes are coming to your phone's smartphone camera next year, with Qualcomm previewing an update to its image signal processor (ISP) that will better support features like face recognition and mixed reality. While the next major Snapdragon update won't arrive until next year, the changes planned for the Spectra ISP have major implications not just for the cameras on 2018 Android phones but for virtual- and augmented reality headsets as well. Specifically, Qualcomm is promising that its new camera module will feature improved biometric sensing for detecting people's faces and support for depth sensing that can power mixed reality features for smartphones and headsets. The iris authentication module provides always-on security that can support phone unlocking features.


5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Help Your Brand Grow

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Consider IBM, Google, Facebook, Tesla, Lenovo, Coca Cola, Adidas, Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber. Here come AI personal shop assistants and chatbots that replace human beings in the communication chain. AR has already become an inherent part of our lives, and virtual reality (VR) glasses, virtual desktops, Google's Tilt brush, and many more tools and toys are selling themselves on the net. Likewise, AI technology in website design has boosted Cosabella's sales by 35.6 percent.


High-quality online video with less rebuffering

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Along those lines, Alizadeh and his team at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed "Pensieve," an artificial intelligence (AI) system that uses machine learning to pick different algorithms depending on network conditions. "Our system is flexible for whatever you want to optimize it for," says PhD student Hongzi Mao, who was lead author on a related paper with Alizadeh and PhD student Ravi Netravali. Researchers have also tried to combine the two methods: A system out of Carnegie Mellon University outperforms both schemes using "model predictive control" (MPC), an approach that aims to optimize decisions by predicting how conditions will evolve over time. Content providers like YouTube could customize Pensieve's reward system based on which metrics they want to prioritize for users.


New AI technique creates 3-D shapes from 2-D images

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When fully developed, this method, called SurfNet, could have significant applications in the fields of 3-D searches on the Internet, as well as helping robotics and autonomous vehicles better understand their surroundings. Perhaps most exciting, however, is that the technique could be used to create 3-D content for virtual reality and augmented reality by simply using standard 2-D photos. When fully developed, this method, called SurfNet, could have significant applications in the fields of 3-D searches on the Internet, as well as helping robotics and autonomous vehicles better understand their surroundings. Perhaps most exciting, however, is that the technique could be used to create 3-D content for virtual reality and augmented reality by simply using standard 2-D photos.


How AI Will Change the Online Economy in the Next Five Years

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Let's explore how AI is not only contributing to the growth of the online industry but also how it drastically improves the online shopping experience of customers. Accenture have revealed their findings on AI, reporting that developments in the technologies could double annual economic growth rates by 2035, changing the nature of work and forming new relationships between men and robots. AI technologies are predicted to increase labour productivity by up to 40%, drastically improving efficiency rates in the workplace. The ability to respond to customer enquiries, complaints, or suggestions immediately is a great way to make customers feel valued while making brands seem more responsive.