Augmented Reality, where we all will live

Speaker:  Jon G Peddie – Tiburon, CA, United States
Topic(s):  Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Natural language processing


Philosophers, scientists, futurists, and other have speculated about the moment in time when computers will match, and quickly exceed, human processing speed, memory access, and ultimately supposition. The conceit is when machines can process data in enormous volumes, and at lightning speeds, our innate inferiority complex predicts those machines will find us irrelevant, feebly competitive, and a misuse of resources. There is no analog, or metaphor for such an analysis, after all, despite our irresponsible coexistence and husbandry of other animals, fowl, and aquatic species, we never deliberately, or maliciously (with a few notable exceptions) sought their genocide. Insects are another story.
So why then would super intelligent machines, based (grown up you might suggest), on our morals, culture, and history behave any differently? Logic is the typical answer. Super smart machines, whose basic DNA is logic, would assess, adjudicate, and execute on cold, uncompromising logic; and logic is not conducive to human behavior or vice-versa. Therefore, the popular notion is the computer, would simply eliminate us.
Another possibility is as machines develop seemingly sentient capabilities, they will become companions. And lacking (and never able to fully obtain) imagination, will rely on us to come up with the next idea, the next goal, the next artistic expression, and the next interpretation of current events or characters’ behaviors.
So how does augmented reality fit into all of this? As we are more conveniently, and comfortably able to access information in real time, we will literally and figuratively become augmented, though not physical—at least for a while. We will have greater access to information, and more quickly. And as we learn how to assimilate, process, and use this enhanced capability, we will become more creative, imaginative, and interesting. And as we do, emerging, or even nouveau-sentient machines will be confounded by us, always a step behind so to speak despite their astronomical processing speeds and memory access.
However, for us to be so augmented and in touch with the databases and the data analysis tools, we must have real-time, inconspicuous localized information, information about where we are, and all the things around us.
To be in touch with the databases and analytical tools requires wireless communications and real-time updating. To have inconspicuous capture of localized information in real-time, we will have smart contact lenses, and ultimately implants.
So the science fiction scenario is we will have augmented reality contact lenses while the computers approach or perhaps reach sentience, and rather than dismiss, or kill us because we would be irrelevant and unnecessary resource usages, they will rely on us for insight, imagination, and challenges; cynically perhaps a necessary evil.

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Number of Slides:  22 - 27
Duration:  40 - 50 minutes
Languages Available:  English
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