In a Wired interview, President Obama discusses his optimism about the world’s future and tech frontiers. Any sentence from Obama in this article on AI is more articulate than the sum total of anything Trump has ever said. Also, read why China leads the world in the adoption of VR, and why drones could make us both nervous and thankful.
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VIRTUAL REALITY / AUGMENTED REALITY
It is in California that the best software for VR games and movies is being developed. But professional use of VR by Chinese companies (rather than by consumers) means that the place where the fledgling industry may make its very first fortune is China. Link
The Next Few Years For VR
VR’s early foothold among gamers and developers will sustain the ecosystem’s momentum until we get the killer apps and devices that really nail look and feel and bring the category mainstream. Link
Obama on AI
“How do we build societal values into AI?” President Obama and MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito discuss how artificial intelligence might up-end economies and how societies can adapt. Purely fascinating. Read it. Link
What if an AI bot could keep a loved ones memory alive? When her best friend died, this programmer rebuilt him using artificial intelligence. A great, provocative peek into the future. Link
Drones are playing a new role in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew. Link
Did you know that DJI uses geofencing in Iraq and Syria to discourage ISIS from flying Phantoms? Link
INTERNET OF THINGS
Driverless cars are awesome, but sensor-rich roads are even better. And they’re not so hard to build. Link
Two Million Miles
Google recently reached a huge milestone by logging its two millionth autonomous mile. For context, two million miles is the equivalent of 300 years of human driving, not exactly insignificant. Link