Julie Strain has worked at Red Wing Software for over 20 years, most of those in her current consulting role. Expensive, high-end devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have been out there for a while now without the arrival of a killer app, while the affordable Gear VR and Google Cardboard experiences have allowed the masses to dip their toes into virtual worlds.
Artificial intelligence: The publication of Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies in 2014 helped to shift the global view of artificial intelligence and our control over it. The book presents the most rigorous analysis to date of the future trajectories of artificial intelligence, while examining the potential socio-economic impacts and risks associated with the technology.
Hyundai is developing this wearable robot with the aim of basically enhancing what human workers can do. So this idea of exoskeletons and there’s a lot of really interesting things that we’re seeing here for veterans, and things to help veterans who are coming back who’ve served this country really admirably who can now do things that they weren’t able to do, but again, that technology is now going to weave its way into industries.
In India, for example, Google is rolling out the Internet Saathi (Friends of the Internet) program in which rural women are trained to use the Internet, and then become local agents who provide services in their villages through internet enabled devices.
The 2016 conference in San Francisco successfully brought together technology geniuses in one venue to not only present breakthrough research in future technologies but to also promote practicality and applications and an intra- and inter-field exchange of ideas.