Think drones delivery or virtual reality are gimmicks? Think again. Drones could actually unlock a new autonomous future for Amazon, while virtual reality just helped eight paralyzed people feel their legs. Also, in this week’s issue, read about the Olympics embracing virtual reality, how IoT makes food consumption safer and what XIA is.
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VIRTUAL REALITY / AUGMENTED REALITY
With the Olympics embracing virtual reality, it’s clear even to a slow adopter that we’ve reached a turning point. Link
VR Against Paralysis
The promise of virtual reality can be much more than just games. The proof: VR helped eight people with complete paralysis regain some feeling and control of muscles over the course of a year. Link
Best of VRLA 2016
VRLA, the world’s biggest VR convention in Los Angeles, was closer to a theme park this year than a trade show. Link
The good news: work on house-cleaning robots is underway. The bad news: it’s slow going. Link
Teaching Robots Real Empathy
Koko is one of the most fascinating and innovative companies in NYC. This MIT-born machine learning startup just got a cash injection to teach Alexa, Siri and Cortona some fundamental human decency. Link
Explainable AI (XAI)
The Pentagon wants to incorporate artificial intelligence into more systems but first needs to ensure its employees fully understand what drives AI. In other words, DARPA wants artificial intelligence to explain itself. Link
INTERNET OF THINGS
From Crops To Customer
Big data and the Internet of Things make food consumption safer. Link
Amazon’s Drones Delivery
Amazon’s long-term goal is potentially transformative. It wants to escape the messy vicissitudes of roads and humans. It wants to go fully autonomous, up in the sky. Drones could be combined with warehouses manned by robots and trucks that drive themselves to unlock a new autonomous future for Amazon. Link