3 Sci-Fi Technology That Are Now Reality

Artificial Intelligence Everywhere

 

The first is that I am going to say is “I am excited”. The rise of artificial intelligence will greatly improve the quality of our lives.

It is a luxury item that will improve the lives of those at the top of the food chain and probably leave out the majority for decades.

Once upon a time, the use of Mobile phones has been on the increase and now it seems we can’t go for an hour without our phones.

Artificial Intelligence will be the same way 100 years from now and we won’t be able to get things done without AI or a piece of technology

 

 

We expect Artificial Intelligence to grow from just assisting us to managing our tasks and activities.

There is also a growing concern that AI Robots will soon make a lot of people jobless.

Jarvis is here. Jarvis controls Mark’s appliances, security, home temperature and also adapting to Mark’s tastes, appliances, music, security, home temperature and is learning Mark’s tastes and patterns. It can even entertain his daughter.

 

This is exciting but not really! What is impressive, however, is the possibility of Jarvis evolving into a complex AI system that will have senses more accurate than those of real people. Movies like iRobot and The Matrix shows how AI can take over and develop intuitive intelligence way beyond our imaginations and then one day gang up against us and over our world. Until, of course, a Hollywood actor comes to save us.

Self Driving Cars

I have crashed my car a few times . I really won’t mind a car that drives itself while I take a nap.

Presently Uber and Waymo (google) – have started  testing the technology in citie around the usa.

While writing this post, a friend looked at my screen and asked what are the benefits of having a self driving car. Here are some of them.

  • If 90% of vehicles in the Nigeria were self-driving, as many as 4.2 million accidents could be avoided, saving 21,700 lives and $450 billion in related costs.
  • Drunk driving could become a thing of the past and the driverless vehicles can save millions of lives.
  • Less accidents on the road and more efficient control over the vehicles would drastically reduce traffic jams.
  • Driverless vehicles may eliminate the need for parking lots, which opens more space in packed cities.

Waymo, a self-driving technology company
The Google self-driving car project became Waymo, an independent self-driving technology company with a mission to make it easy and safe for people and things to move around.
So What are the concerns about Self driving Cars?
  • The technology will increase the prices for these vehicles and prevent the general population from having access to it.
  • Hacking by malicious individuals willing to put the passengers in harm’s way.
  • How will the cars deal with ethical decisions, like choosing between crashing into a pole or into a pregnant mother?
  • Will insurance companies see ‘manual driving’ as a liability and eventually make us pay more in order to drive our cars instead of riding in autopilot?
  • Who is liable for accidents if no one is behind the wheel?
  • Technology is known to occasionally not work, who will be liable for lapses in the systems that may cause harm to passengers/pedestrians?
  • When using ‘shared vehicles’ how will we safeguard our personal information?

VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual reality is a software created, artificial environment that places the user in what seems like a real life situation.

The simplest form of virtual reality is 3D, which we are all well rehearsed with now, but more in-depth use of virtual reality involves full wrap-around display screens that make the whole environment around a user become virtual

When asked about which companies and which devices come to mind when thinking about VR, Samsung came out on top, with a whopping 58% of respondents claiming to have heard of the company’s mobile-based VR headset – Gear VR. The Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard are also apparently fairly well-known, with 31% and 32% naming those two platforms respectively.

The number of people who say that they have experienced VR first hand have shot up by 20 percentage points over the past few months, which may be somewhat indicative of the growing awareness about virtual reality among mainstream consumers.

Although people have talked about virtual reality for a long time, the practical applications have remained elusive. But with a recent explosion in popular tech and affordable gear, virtual reality seems to be making a push into the public eye. This list is filled with a wide range of practical uses for virtual reality that have been implemented and improve in recent years.

Deal with Anxiety

Therapists have used exposure therapy for years to treat anxiety problems. Psychologists treat phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder by showing the patient the source of their anxiety or fear, subsequently allowing the anxiety to disappear on its own. However, that therapy doesn’t work in war. But with virtual reality, military psychologists can simulate war situations to treat soldiers. Other therapeutic VR uses include treating a fear of flying, fear of elevators and even a “virtual nicotine craving” simulator for smoking addiction.

Train Employees

Employers are using virtual reality to conduct training or simulate certain work conditions. The earliest examples were flight simulators, but virtual reality has gone beyond flight simulators. Police and military use virtual reality to prepare soldiers or officers. Sales managers are using it too. Other examples include counter-terrorism, para-trooping, welding and mining.

For Education

Students can use Cardboard—an inexpensive pair of VR goggles made from a cardboard cutout, magnets, an Android phone and an app—to move through an experience that their teacher controls from a tablet.  The implication of this is that any teacher with a tablet and access to VR viewers (Cardboard costs about $20) can use it. With lessons loaded on the tablets, teachers and students don’t need to have internet access, which is important for low-resource classrooms.  Read more Here

Practice Medicine

Doctors use virtual reality in many ways. They can use a virtual system to perform procedures or to test surgical procedures on a larger scale. Surgeons have also started using virtual “twins” of their patients, to practice for surgery before doing the actual procedure.

 

 

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