Researches at the Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health and University of California San Diego School of Medicine along with researchers from Germany, China, and Texas, have created an Artificial Intelligence capable of quickly and reliably diagnosing patients with retinal diseases.
Thousands of tomographs non-invasively scan the iris and pupil of the eye to determine if a patient has an eye condition. This speeds the process of a diagnosis, enabling the patient to receive treatment quicker than a manual diagnosis.
Artificial Intelligence is certainly a hot topic of discussion, but it spans farther than smart speakers and self-driving cars. In this instance, a medical process is expedited without sacrificing accuracy. This use, though very niche, showcased just how AI can alter all aspects of our technology-driven world. What could be next?
In our modern world where big data is key and growing faster than ever, businesspeople are faced with the dilemma of how to deal with such vast quantities of data and extract useful information from it. New ways to extract, transform, and load data visually will likely be the future of data analytics and immersive reality (e.g Virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-degree imagery, and mixed reality) is a top contender for this role.
These technologies, though young in their life cycle, aren’t new, but have typically been used recreationally as opposed to having a business function, but that may soon change. Business-oriented augmented reality goggles such as the Microsoft HoloLens may change the way business people analyze big data within their firms. Different modules and applications like we find on our own computers will soon be accessible from our own vision, opening up many new possibilities. What do you think of immersive reality’s future in business?
It’s certainly difficult to contend that AR and VR won’t be prevalent in all aspects of our lives in the future, and our own information systems as well. Researchers at the VTT Technical Institute in Finland are studying how the relationship between an everyday consumer and technology (in this case, AR/VR), can be verified by human senses and emotions. That’s where VR and AR come into play.
Imagine if a construction worker wearing an AR apparatus (likely goggles or glasses) can receive a visual error message if a valve is turned incorrectly or in the wrong order? Auditory and haptic feedback (vibration/touch) indicators can also be used in a response to an action. Other uses for AR in information systems was the distribution of single-use passwords to users’ AR optics.
What do you think of the role of AR/VR in information systems? The intersection of this technology with this industry is inevitable. What other uses do you think augmented and virtual reality can perform?