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6 New and Emerging Tech Highlights Pt. 2.

Continuing our discussion from my last blog post, we will finish the list of new and emerging technology out there in the world at this very moment.

Machine Learning

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You may have heard the term machine learning before, and are likely unfamiliar with what machine learning actually is. As defined by expertsystem.com, machine learning is a branch of artificial intelligence (AI) that aims to give a program/system the ability to learn and improve from experience without actually being programmed by an individual. It involves programming the the original software to be able to recognize patterns and therefore make better decisions in the future. This is achieved by giving the system example information, and instructions in its coding.

One of the most common examples of machine learning technology that is being used in the world is Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop uses machine learning to find faces in images, analyze the faces and find “landmarks” such as eyebrows, lips, and eyes to determine the position of the face and alter the facial expression of the person, all while not making the image an absolute mess to look at.

Chatbots

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Chatbots have been around for quite a while, and are essentially an AI system developed to talk with the user as if it were another human being. These programs started quite a long time ago with sites called jabberwacky, and cleverbot letting you have a conversation with this bot. The early iterations of chatbots were not very good at making it seem like you were having an actual conversation. They would often spout nonsense and seem to just babble. As they’ve developed chatbots have started to be used by businesses to interact with their customers who are visiting their websites and need assistance. They are generally used to help guide the customer through the website and start email exchanges for support tickets for products. Starbucks has its own chatbot that syncs with it’s mobile app and lets you place your order, and customize it through a text chat with their bot. The aim of chatbots for the future is for them to act as a concierge, guiding the user to where they need, as well as reminding them when they need to restock on certain products, and answering their questions.

Facial Recognition

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Facial recognition is known to be used predominantly in the security industry, but it is being used more and more in other industries. One industry being hospitality. Expedia has partnered with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and with the viewer’s permission, is using facial recognition software to see which images and videos (showing various different activities on the Hawaii Islands) on their site evoke the best reactions by detecting by analyzing the movements in their face to determine the emotions of the viewer.

All in all, technology is making great strides forward and we should all be excited with the potential and possibilities that lie ahead for technology.

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6 New and Emerging Tech Highlights Pt. 1.

When it comes to technology, there’s a lot going on. From new tech that is helping to personalize online business to customer interactions, to tech that helps to make your devices more secure, to the always present virtual reality. We’re going to take a quick look at some relatively new and emerging tech, as well as tech that’s been around for a while and is getting progressively better.

Virtual Reality

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Let’s start with one that’s been around for some time and has been progressively getting better. We all know what virtual reality is. You put on a funny little headset, swing your arms around wildly trying to hit a monster, slash a block for points, or pick up an object just because you can. All the while you are more than likely going to run into something or someone because, well, you can’t see anything outside the game. That’s all virtual reality is right? Really janky controls that barely work and the possibility of real world hurt. Honestly, you’re not completely wrong. You’ll run the risk of running into things due to your lack of real-world spatial awareness once that headset is on. On the flip side, virtual reality has come a long way in so much as the design of the games is at the point where the team at vrgluv.com have created haptic gloves which use precision hand-tracking to help control your movements in-game, making it all the more realistic of an experience.

Biometrics

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Biometrics (think sensors that are able to read what’s happening in your body, fingerprint scanners, etc.) is an interesting branch of technology. It has been around for some time, but is getting to the point where it’s usable for more than just scanning your fingerprint to unlock your phone. There are iris scanners for more secure protection on your devices, as well as special sensors that can measure your heart rate, blood glucose levels, body temperature, and more. This technology is making it easier for individuals to help regulate and track their “stats” if you will. It can be used by fitness buffs looking to stay healthy, people who don’t like inputting passwords to unlock their devices, and most importantly, can be used in the healthcare field, helping doctors and nurses regulate and track their patients’ vitals.

Voice Activation

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Voice activation is a technology that we’ve had access to for some time as well. From the ability to text using your voice, to virtual assistants on your devices (Google Assistant & Siri), to your Amazon Alexa or Google Home for activating things around the house easier. This technology has progressed to the point where you can more confidently ask your phone to call your best friend by name and not have it dial a random number. This tech keeps getting more precise and accurate.

This post will carry on next week with the continuation of this interesting and emerging tech list.