“Artificial Intelligence”, though still seems like a futuristic concept, its presence in our present day to day lives might be overlooked but it certainly cannot be ruled out. From playlist streaming services by the apps like Spotify and e-mailing spam filters to recommendations by the e-commerce websites like Flipkart and Amazon and directions provided by Google Maps, the AI powers have been making our lives easier with the digitalization since years.
In fact, the artificial intelligence based Internet of Things (IoT) is also shaping up the future since a long time now. The AI is being employed to route the indoor temperatures and elevator banks. Even the force behind self-driving cars, ride-sharing dispatches, airline/railway bookings, credit-cards fraud detections and wearables’ tracking is AI. And these are just a few examples to begin listing.
A study by Tractica about Artificial Intelligent Market Forecast in the last quarter of 2016 had listed some of the emerging AI use scenarios. The list included static image recognition, object identification, social media content distribution, trading strategy improvement, predictive maintenance, detection, classification and tagging, geophysical feature detection, contract analysis, text query of images and navigation.
However, the augmented reality is not as easy a concept to implement as its outcomes are and these complexities pose the challenges to perform all the tasks that AI is expected to perform. As somebody from the industry or user, you should understand that augmented reality is way harder because that thing is expected to know that’s male and that’s female. When you are inside a shopping mart, that’s a toy section and that’s a grocery section. It is really hard to program and implement. And for that it needs Virtual Reality to form the base.
You will basically be tapping in the service to know the difference between a chili ketchup and tomato ketchup while you are shopping for those things, you will tap into Facebook to perform the facial or voice recognition on the people, you tap into a place to know about the shopping mall or hospital compound that you are standing inside. This will surely make lives easier for everybody but the development of AI is a hard part.
Beside the challenges, the experts in the industry are quite hopeful with the manner in which the app developers are getting closer to the Artificial Intelligence integrated world. More and more investments are being made by all the big names of the business industry as depth mapping the real space and face recognition are being identified as the key things that can be achieved with AI currently.
The fact that AI is still pretty much in its elementary stage shows that there is a long way to go before we have a character that would make a human feel that it is responding to him without really speaking anything. And since it is a first person experience, the technology has to be highly responsive and it would require different methodologies for it to judge that what a human is doing or asking for and how should it respond to it.
Moreover, the AI has to react in real time and completely realistic manner for it to function properly. Thus, it has to understand that when you do not want to listen to it, it should not respond. The human does not need to walk away in order to avoid it.
Some of the futurists of the world have identified the requirement of cheap, pervasive and constant AI machinery if we really want to achieve the kind of worlds that we imagine and expect to be in the virtual reality. The key factor to understand here is that as much significant is it to have an enhanced AI horsepower for the virtual reality to work, VR is also going to drive advancements along with the artificial intelligence. Thus, the VR industry is going to become one of the major customers of the AI producers, just as they are going to purchase huge amount of electricity in order to make their services function.
Developing and benefiting from artificial intelligence is not just for one individual or industry, everybody is going to benefit from it and there is going to be a requirement of huge scale resources (both human and materialistic) is order to do AI. There will be need of really really huge amount of data and bandwidth allocation. And this infrastructure requirement is certainly immense. It is going to need a lot of time to implement everything to the ground level so that every being is able to access the tools of the virtual reality to perform their regular tasks with ease.
Virtual reality is going to give as much enhancement to the artificial reality as AI is giving to the VR. It is actually a huge opportunity for the entire industry to process and make it workable so that the requirements of the VR world can be served.