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Microsoft opens AI and VR incubator in China

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Despite its struggles in some countries, virtual reality has steadily grown in popularity throughout China over the last few years, so Microsoft -- better known for its augmented reality headset HoloLens than its VR initiatives -- is getting in on the action. As reported by China's Xinhua news agency, the company today launched the Nanchang City AI VR Innovation Center, a cloud and mobile technology incubator geared towards startups and established manufacturing companies. Though the center's name suggests that Microsoft will focus equally on artificial intelligence and virtual reality initiatives, the incubator was apparently designed to cater to the VR industry in the Jiangxi province, which created a first-of-kind industrial base within China for VR technologies. The local government expects that Microsoft's incubator will "lure dozens of AI, VR and other tech companies" into Nanchang City's Honggutan New District, and expects it to be used to train and support local companies. Microsoft's interest in AI has been strong and clear over the past year, most recently spanning everything from AI-powered suggestions in Microsoft 365 to AI-focused ecological research grants and general availability of Azure Machine Learning.


5 Important Augmented And Virtual Reality Trends For 2019 Everyone Should Read

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Alongside AI and automation, virtual reality (VR) and its closely related cousin augmented reality (AR) have been touted for several years now as technologies likely to have a profoundly transformative effect on the way we live and work. Solutions which allowing humans to explore fully immersive computer-generated worlds (in VR), and overlay computer graphics onto our view of our immediate environment (AR) are both increasingly being adopted in both entertainment and industry. Over the next year, both VR and AR applications will become increasingly sophisticated, as devices get more powerful and capable of creating higher quality visuals. Our understanding of how humans can usefully navigate and interact within virtual or augmented environments will also evolve, leading to the creation of more "natural" methods of interacting and exploring virtual space. In a collision of two-letter abbreviations unlike anything that has come before it, AR and VR developers will increasingly build smart, cognitive functionality into their apps.


Top 3 Ways to Achieve Greater Construction Efficiencies

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The construction industry is booming--particularly heavy/highway projects. At the same time, construction is facing a skilled labor shortage that is requiring projects to be managed more effectively. There are many ways to improve this efficiency through leveraging new technology--including these three ways to enhance operations using project-management software, estimating technology, and more. Create Efficiencies in Estimating Perhaps one area to heighten efficiencies in the year ahead is in estimating. Too often, estimators are still using spreadsheets to create estimates and proposals--but this can be time consuming and can create inaccuracies.


After the Smartphone: The Race for the Next Big Thing

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Investors including Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Saudi Arabia's main wealth fund have poured money into this much-hyped maker of augmented-reality glasses. The bugeye-like glasses with tinted lenses--released only to software developers thus far--overlay virtual reality-like images onto the real world, designed for use by gamers and neurosurgeons alike. Early reviews have been lukewarm. Priced at $999, Focals by North represents a less flashy but potentially more practical version of futuristic glasses. The glasses, released last fall, can display directions, texts and other simple displays by beaming hologram-like images into eyes.


Mindscape: the AI voice tool talking to people to ease their anxiety

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The platform, developed by studios Cult Ldn and MassiveMusic alongside mental health charity Mind, uses voice activation to respond to people's worries with soothing music, breathing exercises and tips on managing mental health. Advancements in technology are increasingly being used to help those living with mental health problems. Virtual reality (VR) has been trialled in helping people tackle anxiety-related phobias such as a fear of heights, while apps such as Woebot and Wysa use text-style chatbots to speak with those who are feeling anxious, depressed or otherwise unwell. Other general wellbeing apps, such as meditation tool Headspace, are intended to help anyone control and alleviate distressing feelings, from anger to anxiety and sleeplessness. Tech healthcare is still in its early days and yet to be refined.


Top six talent management trends for 2019

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As technology develops at a seemingly exponential rate, the potential for radical transformation in the workplace might seem a dizzying prospect. HR managers need continually to be flexible in adapting to new situations, and keeping on top of emerging trends. We HR managers need always to be asking: 'How can I redefine the role of HR in this organisation so that I'm adding value?' Here are the top six talent management trends for 2018 and beyond, to help spark your imagination in the process. More people are more plugged-in to their work more of the time, so there's an increasing emphasis on the employee experience.


3 Emerging Technologies That Will Disrupt The Learning Ecosystem - eLearning Industry

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The first time I watched a 3D movie at the age of 12, I was mesmerized by the experience and literally tortured my parents to take me to that movie again and again. I was so much interested in 3D movies that I had to watch them alone as I grew up because my friends deemed such movies as fit for kids alone. I do blame my choice of movies though, as these movies were targeted at kids. But for me, it was the experience rather than the story, I would eagerly wait for those moments where I get to feel the objects closer to me, and a couple of occasions I have even chosen the front seats to check whether the experience doubles up (forgive my naivety). I loved the experience, and I am sure many would agree with me.


Ten HR Trends In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

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The future of HR is both digital and human as HR leaders focus on optimizing the combination of human and automated work. This is driving a new priority for HR: one which requires leaders and teams to develop a fluency in artificial intelligence while they re-imagine HR to be more personal, human and intuitive. As we enter 2019, it's the combination of AI and human intelligence that will transform work and workers as we know it. For many companies the first pilots of artificial intelligence are in talent acquisition, as this is the area where companies see significant, measurable, and immediate results in reducing time to hire, increasing productivity for recruiters, and delivering an enhanced candidate experience that is seamless, simple, and intuitive. One company that has delivered on this is DBS Bank.


The future of driving: Audi puts VR games in every car as autonomous vehicles are unveiled at CES

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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, attendees were given a firsthand look at what the future of driving will look like. Everything from autonomous'people-movers' to a VR experience that lets users battle Iron Man from the backseat of a car was on display at the world's largest tech trade show. Major companies including BMW, Honda and Mercedes had concept cars to show off, many complete with facial recognition, flashy OLED touchscreens and futuristic pod-like designs - you'd be forgiven if you thought many of them didn't even look like cars. Major companies including BMW, Honda and Mercedes had concepts to show off at CES, many complete with facial recognition and OLED touchscreens. Pictured is Mercedes' concept car, which can be used for personal rides and delivery Audi and Disney grabbed attendees' attention with their debut of a new'Holoride' system that aims to bring virtual reality to every car, including Ford, Mercedes and other models.


5 more cool things from CES 2019: Batman Immersive Experience, digital license plates and more

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A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. LAS VEGAS – You enter the backseat of a tricked out BMW SUV X5, imagine it's a self-driving car of the future and look to be entertained. A movie screen pops up and offers you 270 degrees worth of choices – how about a visual Batman comic book, a movie trailer or a complete film? Sit in this BMW and listen to the sounds of multiple speakers pumping out stereo, and hi-def resolution on the screen, and let's face it – how could you argue that this wasn't really cool? The Batman Immersive Experience, from computer chip maker Intel and Batman owner Warner Media, is just one of five cool things we saw on the second day of CES previews.