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What I saw at Siggraph

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 14th 2017 | Discuss
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Ever new and ever magical This was my 38th Siggraph, and it was as exciting as the first one, well maybe not the first one, but pretty damn exciting nonetheless. Siggraph continues to attract imaginative and sometimes astonishing people and ideas, and has over the years maintained its fresh, &ldquo

AI is so new and exciting, just ask Ananova

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 26th 2017 | Discuss
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She’s 17 this month We visited the emerald-eyed, green-haired virtual newscaster, Ananova, in Leeds England, in July 2001, for her first birthday. I was reminded of her due to all the recent news about AI and how reporters will no longer be needed. For example, the Bezos Post introduced an

Today’s VR is so disappointing

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 8th 2017 | Discuss
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Can we finally say the emperor is naked, and move on? The fact that I am not happy with the state of affairs in VR today is probably not news. But, what you are reading are the bitter words of a disappointed lover.   Here’s what we have

Augmented reality will make us fearless

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 15th 2017 | Discuss
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Our lives will be different beyond imagination with AR When consumer smart glasses become common, my forecast is 2020, they will change how we behave, and how the world behaves toward us.  When you examine the root cause of bigotry, belligerence, and bullying, it all (and other social symptoms) trace

Everything as a service, own nothing

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 2nd 2017 | Discuss
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What’s not for rent? Do you remember when you leased your first car, or rented your first apartment? How about the first time you flew in an airplane or took a train trip? And do you know any company that owns their building? I think you get the

Stop that or I’ll replace you with an AI

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 17th 2017 | Discuss
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Look at what you're doing not what the AIs are doing Everyone who has heard of AI (which as you know was just invented a few weeks ago) is sounding the warning bells about how AI thingies will take over our jobs. To which I say, come and get

New restrictions on PCs; New opportunities for smartphones

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 8th 2017 | Discuss
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In late March, the U.S. and U.K imposed a ban on bringing electronic devices larger than a smartphone in to the cabin on flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Turkey. And in late April, the Trump administration said it is

Of game consoles, VR and all that jazz

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 18th 2017 | Discuss
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The difference between selling and promising The seemingly unbridled enthusiasm for gaming in VR continues even the face of the disappointing sales results, unresolved technical and physiological problems (that may never be solved), and turmoil in the biggest, most visible company in VR. In the face of all that, new

Is VR the new electricity?

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 11th 2017 | Discuss
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Is AI the new light bulb? Virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) remind me of stories I’ve read describing the late 1800s and early 1900s when people were finding novel uses for electricity, like electrocuting elephants and lighting up the streets at night. Personally, I saw such

Privacy vs. security

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 6th 2017 | Discuss
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They aren’t the same thing What do you think is the difference between privacy and security?  Privacy is about the things you want to hide, whereas security is about the things you want to protect. And, I think they are two totally different things.  I recently