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message 1: by James, Group Founder (last edited Jan 20, 2019 10:43AM) (new)

James Morcan | 10599 comments How will VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed reality) alter the world?

VR/AR/MR, what's the difference? | Virtual reality | Foundry https://www.foundry.com/industries/vi...


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James Morcan | 10599 comments Microsoft workers push against selling augmented-reality headsets to Army https://www.latimes.com/business/tech...

Employees at Microsoft Corp. demanded Friday that the company cancel a contract to supply its augmented-reality headsets to the U.S. Army, warning in a letter that putting HoloLens in the military’s hands could “help people kill.”

Writing to Chief Executive Satya Nadella, more than 50 workers said the devices would be “turning warfare into a simulated ‘video game.’” They also urged Microsoft, which won the $480-million contract in November, to “cease developing any and all weapons technologies” for the government.

“As employees and shareholders we do not want to become war profiteers,” the letter concluded. “To that end, we believe that Microsoft must stop in its activities to empower the U.S. Army’s ability to cause harm and violence.”

Representatives for Microsoft and the U.S. Army did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A Microsoft employee who helped draft the letter — speaking on the condition of anonymity out of concerns about retribution — shared a copy with the Washington Post and verified their identity.

The internal revolt at Microsoft highlights the heightened activism among employees at tech giants and follows similar uprisings at Amazon.com Inc. and at Alphabet Inc.’s Google, where workers have bristled over their companies’ business relationships with the U.S. military or law enforcement agencies. Google, for example, opted last year against renewing one of its own contracts with the Pentagon — a partnership to develop image-recognition tools for drones — because employees felt the tech giant shouldn’t be in the “business of war,” they said at the time.

Like its peers, Microsoft also has struggled to balance its relationship with the Department of Defense against its employees’ ethical and policy qualms about working with the U.S. government.

Last year, after workers petitioned the company to cancel a cloud-computing and artificial-intelligence contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Microsoft said it would allow employees to change positions within the company if they found their existing roles betrayed their values. But Microsoft President Brad Smith has said the company would not cease working with the Department of Defense, a business relationship that he said dates back decades.

“As we have discussed these issues with governments, we’ve appreciated that no military in the world wants to wake up to discover that machines have started a war,” Smith wrote in an October blog post. “But we can’t expect these new developments to be addressed wisely if the people in the tech sector who know the most about technology withdraw from the conversation.”

Microsoft’s early marketing positioned the HoloLens as a “mixed reality” consumer device that architects, artists, video gamers and others could use to transpose computer graphics into real life. The holographic system is being sold to developers and businesses but is not yet available for public use. Microsoft is expected to unveil a new version of its HoloLens headset at a major industry trade show in Barcelona next week.

Last year, the headset proved to be the clincher for Microsoft to beat out two dozen other interested companies — including military contractors Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. and tech start-up Magic Leap — for the Army contract. The military said it could end up buying more than 100,000 of the systems in the coming years.

In August the Defense Department issued a request for an “integrated visual augmentation system” for training and combat that would give soldiers “increased lethality, mobility and situational awareness ... against our current and future adversaries,” military purchasing records show.

The military said it wanted a heads-up display system that could supercharge soldiers’ capabilities: giving them heat detection, night vision and the ability to view video and navigation; automatically recognizing and targeting “relevant threats”; and enabling them to stealthily see where their weapon was aiming, without using a laser that could give their location away.

The military also wanted the system to quickly identify landmines and improvised explosives and relay back real-time “squad lethality metrics” and health data, such as soldiers’ heart rate, breathing rate and whether they’ve sustained a concussion. The headset could also be used as part of an advanced simulation system that would “train units where they will fight [and] with whom they will fight,” contract documents show.


message 3: by James, Group Founder (new)

James Morcan | 10599 comments In the above article, this phrase caught my eye: "transpose computer graphics into real life"


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James Morcan | 10599 comments Iain wrote: "Simulation Theory, Deja Vu, Out Of Body Experience, Artificial Intelligence - Physicist Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell is a former Nasa physicist who began researching altered states of consciousness w..."


Thanks mate, will check that one out.


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James Morcan | 10599 comments Why Virtual Reality's Disruption Of Hollywood Isn't Here Yet (But It's Not Dead Either) https://www.forbes.com/sites/paularms...


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James Morcan | 10599 comments Iain wrote: "Game Developers Think AR Will Win Over VR: Survey..."

Interesting.


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James Morcan | 10599 comments Iain wrote: "Hollowhead's Virtual Reality Time Machine Breaks Kickstarter

Hollowhead's VR Time Machine is a scientific and educational virtual reality exploration of the history of life on Earth.

https://www...."


Thought you were talking about a real time machine there for a moment!


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Alexis Harding | 75 comments Well fiction does turn into fact in a couple of years max these days anyway..


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Alexis Harding | 75 comments True that


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James Morcan | 10599 comments Virtual reality: A new tool in the fight against addiction
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/...
using VR to help clients facing drug and alcohol addiction


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James Morcan | 10599 comments Facebook to create VR world called Horizon https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-4...

Facebook is creating an immersive environment called Horizon to tempt people into spending more time in virtual reality.

The VR app will be a mix of social places where users can mingle and chat, and other areas where they can play games against each other.

People will inhabit and explore the virtual spaces via a cartoon avatar.

The app will be made available and tested in early 2020, by a small group of Facebook users.


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James Morcan | 10599 comments Internet of the Senses is on the horizon, thanks to AR and VR https://www.techrepublic.com/article/...
By 2030, technological advances will move humans from a screen-based world to sense-based world, Ericsson found.


message 13: by James, Group Founder (last edited Jan 16, 2020 02:55AM) (new)

James Morcan | 10599 comments Nreal’s AR Glasses Prove the Potential of Real-World Mixed Reality https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/nreals-...

Aryeh Sternberg
• 1st
Director of Media and Technology at Switched On
1d • Edited •
Here we go! Nreal has broken the AR glasses barrier with their Nreal Light launch at #CES2020

Augmented Reality to date has been hampered by viewing the augmentation of the world through the lens of your mobile phone or wearing bulky headgear like the Microsoft #Hololens, Lenovo #ThinkReality, or the mystical magical promise of Magic Leap.

The Nreal Light is (almost) a pair of normal glasses that is powered by your mobile. Yes there is a cord, which soon enough will be done away with. What is magical is how they have packed in so much tech into such a tiny form factor.

By no means the first, Google Glass launched in 2014 with a product that was far ahead of its time (and all the #Glassholes it birthed heh heh) however it wasn't the right time for the tech.

Now, the time is right and ripe.

Next question, where's the content? Like VR, AR developers will need to solve that challenge.

#thefutureisnow #spatialcomputing #arvr #whatwilltheythinkofnext #magicleap

Nreal’s AR Glasses Prove the Potential of Real-World Mixed Reality https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/nreals-...


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James wrote: "Nreal’s AR Glasses Prove the Potential of Real-World Mixed Reality https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/nreals-...

Aryeh Sternberg
• 1st
Director of Medi..."


This next to AI is the next big thing in the future.

Though, it will be interesting to see what will win out going forward, i.e. AR or Holographic tech as they overlap into each others potential market space?

I wonder though if the race to ever improve the minimal form factor needed for such a wearable might produce innovation in comms like wireless processing or new advancements in streaming?


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James Morcan | 10599 comments Iain wrote: "This next to AI is the next big thing in the future...."

Not if you're listening to Agadoo it isn't.
Then none of this more radical tech will ever become popular!

But seriously, I agree with what my LinkedIN contact wrote above: Google Glass was simply ahead of its time...There wasn't quite the infrastructure to support it...But that doesn't mean it, or a better version from another brand, can't come again early in the 2020s...Sometimes inventions that were formerly written off have a 2.0 version, or a hybrid with another tech, that works in the end.


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James wrote: "Iain wrote: "This next to AI is the next big thing in the future...."

Not if you're listening to Agadoo it isn't.
Then none of this more radical tech will ever become popular!

But seriously, I ag..."


And the difference is Google can afford to bring a product like that to market and early. They can also afford to wait and watch and see what their competitors do and then come in and buy them or their expertise up if gaining success or just emulate it . . . .


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Iain wrote: "James wrote: "Iain wrote: "This next to AI is the next big thing in the future...."

Not if you're listening to Agadoo it isn't.
Then none of this more radical tech will ever become popular!

But s..."


Black Lace were ahead of their time too with Superman. However, their brand of Butlins Summer Camp Sing Along never quite made it on a national level, but the difference here was that was more of a blessing in progressing society than it was a travesty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Le-m...


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Iain wrote: "Iain wrote: "James wrote: "Iain wrote: "This next to AI is the next big thing in the future...."

Not if you're listening to Agadoo it isn't.
Then none of this more radical tech will ever become po..."


Maybe Russell Crowe could do version 2.0? And lead us into a dystopia . . . .


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James Morcan | 10599 comments 'Invisible computing' startup unveils smart contact lens https://techxplore.com/news/2020-01-i...

A startup focused on "invisible computing" Thursday unveiled a smart contact lens which delivers an augmented reality display in a user's field of vision.


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James Morcan | 10599 comments Is virtual travel here to stay, even after the pandemic subsides?
The coronavirus is changing how we travel. But will virtual reality—a welcome escape from the pandemic—ever be a substitute for the real thing?

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/tr...


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Lance Morcan | 2576 comments Terraforming The Enterprise With Virtual Reality https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifer...

A self-funded by revenue start-up in London, The Leadership Network, plans to transform the corporate work environment into a virtual reality (VR) workspace with their new VR platform, Gemba.

Gemba, a Japanese word meaning ‘the actual place,’ is designed to transform how employees work, learn, network and train. It’s a virtual workplace-in-a-box that allows companies to do several things like upskilling their employees, break down silos and reduce waste across the supply chain.


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Be good for auditing from being ripped off or keeping tabs on employee gross-misconduct too.


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