It was an extraordinary three days at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Thousands descended to talk about our increasingly augmented world. Founders, creators, entrepreneurs, investors, creatives, corporates, students, and startups lead and participated in robust conversations focused on AR Cloud, blockchain, and storytelling in AR.
I was impressed by the new Epson mixed reality glasses. The field of view was 23-degrees, but what I loved was the comfort level. And there were some really interesting companies, the vast majority building products and services in the Future of Work categories of healthcare, retail, security and marketing.
Some of the companies I found most impressive: @obsessVR@PerioSim @Xeste.io @CameraIQ #NeuroRehabVR #WallAR.
AWE announced they’ve added a conference in Israel this Fall.
I’m about 32-thousand feet in the air flying over middle America heading to San Francisco to the Augmented World Expo (AWE) conference. It’s an enormous gathering, thousands of people will be descending from around the world to talk about, learn, network with people focused in some way on augmented reality and virtual reality among so many other emerging technology. This is heaven for those of use pushing these new technologies into products and lobbying for roads to commercialization. I will be leading a fireside chat with engineer and venture capitalist Nathanial Krasnoff of Wildcat Ventures where we talk about who’s making AR, who should be and what it’s going to take to win. Stay tuned for a recap.
“When can I make some artificial intelligence?” she asked.
My daughter recently opened a conversation asking when she could start making artificial intelligence (AI). It was a Sunday evening and she was finishing some homework around 7:30p.m.; work that couldhave easily been done on Saturday, but I digress.I had an idea of where this was heading, but wanting to make sure, I asked why she wanted to know.Head down, pencil moving, without missing a beat, she says, “I want to know when I can make some AI to do my math homework, all of it at once.”
Aright then. Siobhan is nine. Was I surprised by this question, no. She sees AI in shows online and reads about it fictional worlds and in her non-fiction books on her ipad. She understands the basics, this thing called AI can, does and will make her life easier.
And she’s thinking about ways to speed up that process, for applications that will help her out right now. She may be young, but she’s hardly alone. From students to CEOs, millions of people right now, today are thinking about what AI is or can be, how to use it, when and increasingly, more importantly who can make.
This conversation with my daughter is taking place in a home shared with two robots-Dash and MiP, two SKYKING Mini Drones, iPhones, iPads, a Samsung Gear VR headset, Samsung Galaxy phones and an assortment of other pieces of technology; some of which did not exist on the consumer market even 5 years ago. We are living in the future right now. These emerging technologies have working applications. They work and thousands and thousands all over the world are working to make them work better. And while it’s real hard to imagine what will be hanging out in our homes ten years from now, we do know the tech is developing rapidly. To put it all in context lets not forget the iPhone was born to consumers in 2007, barely eleven years ago.
While we wrestle with the continuum of mixed emotions that change often triggers, let’s not forget that right now, today, we are living parts of what the future will bring.
I’m obsessed with all things future of work, mostly because it effects, well, everything. With so much converging digital technology rapidly changing products, services and social mores faster than most of us, never mind government policy can keep up. Life is changing fast; and slowly at the same time.
Humans find change unsettling or exciting, often both at the same time. Context is important and it’s often hard to remember how young so many of the companies that consume our lives are. Facebook is fourteen, that’s 14 years young. Google is 19 and pulling up the rear, Amazon is 23 years old. They are young and yet, deeply embedded in our lives. It’s important to note, the tech that making them possible, including computational power has been decades in the making. That would be the fast, yet slow change that tech brings. Bottom line is these companies have changed they way we communicate, connect, work and live. In a word: everything.
The entire world’s workforce is trending toward many, most workers by 2020 or 2025, depending on the report, will be working on a project basis as a freelancer or contract worker. That means all kind of change and these exciting startups below are applying all sorts of technology from #AR to #AI to this changing marketplace today. I’ve linked to company videos that explain more.
PowerToFly is says Wikipedia, “a recruiting platform that connects companies to women in tech”. They are building a robust community of talent and a direct pipeline into companies from Dow Jones to GitLab. They are creating a new model in human capital and solving a relentless diversity in tech problem.
JustWorksthe company says “is a platform that automates payroll, benefits, and compliance so entrepreneurs can focus on what matters: growing their business and their team.” I would add, entrepreneurs and anyone working for themselves in any capacity.
BEAM is “a full-service, interactive marketing and experience design agency.” They developed a mind-blowingly interesting an HR onboarding augmented reality (#AR) prototype”. It’s worth the time, check out the video.
Unintended consequences is a term of art that comes to mind a lot when it comes the explosion of digital technology and the news. Professional journalism is a bucket of specific skills that translate into contextually correct information upon which people make decisions in their daily lives at work or not. If the information or data is wrong or bad, well, we can imagine that leads to bad results. The job of a professional journalist is not different than say that of an accountant or doctor, it takes skills, knowledge and experience to create that credible news product. Opinions are not professional news by a long shot. Anyone can have an opinion. Anyone can’t produce a professional news product anymore than just anyone can operate or balance a corporate balance sheet. Technology companies are finding out that providing the platform for which information, data, and opinions both professional and personal is a landmine full of potential opportunities for bad actors to act badly. And yes, they have a responsibility to be part of the solving for these unintended consequences. And it is critical they work with professional journalists en mass to do so.
Google has announced a series of initiatives, actions that sound robust, that seem robust. As presented in Yahoo News it includes the following:
The Disinfo Lab, which combats misinformation during elections and breaking news
MediaWise, a partnership with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, and the Local Media Association to improve digital information literacy for young consumers
Subscribe with Google, which will allow users to subscribe to various news outlets
AMP Stories, a Snapchat Discover-like product that presents full-screen, multimedia-rich reading experiences on the mobile web
Outline, an open-source tool from Google’s Jigsaw that lets companies set up own VPN on a private server “
I says seems, because it’s unclear who is involved and exactly how these programs might work. Yet, it is a hopeful step. Credible information is critical always. And we need it badly today.