The Economist posted a well-thought article on their website on April 14th 2016 calling Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality as close cousins. The article had an interesting analogy of the immersive experience of a simulated world on Virtual Reality to the well-acclaimed movie “The Matrix”. The same article draws an analogy of the more real world yer pre-programmed experience of Augmented Reality to the widely popular movie “The Terminator”.
The Matrix and The Terminator
Keanu Reeves journeys through a myriad of simulated environments in the Matrix where circumstances keep changing dynamically based on his decisions. Once Reeves is inside the Matrix his real physical world is cut out from his experience – that pretty much sums up a Virtual Reality experience. On the other hand, the robotic eyes of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator scans the environment, feeds it to an internal computer that recognizes patterns, invokes the appropriate algorithm matching that pattern and delivers instructions on a heads up display on the field of vision, guiding the Terminator on its next action. When faced with situations that are not in the Terminator’s firmware, it’s next move is that of a rudderless ship and is left to its own devices. Quite rightly then, the pre-programmed and pattern recognition based experience of Augmented Reality can be compared to the story of the Terminator. Kudos to The Economist for that article, however it appears that the author is not yet aware of the concept and technology of Remote Assisted Reality.
Where then would Remote Assisted Reality fit in this tough competition of the Reality space for Enterprise Applications?
The Martian – A Blockbuster Rendition of Remote Assisted Reality
Let’s reflect on the 2015 blockbuster – “The Martian” that catapulted Matt Damon to the ranks of the all time greatest actors of our time. Damon’s character is left stranded in the red planet which is at least 34 million miles away from his home planet – assuming the best case scenario of Mars being at its perihelion and Earth at her aphelion. Damon finds himself in the most impossible of conditions alone in an inhabitable environment and uses his own intelligence and knowledge to do the best he can to survive the odds. However he soon figures out that in order to survive beyond his pitiful rations from the first farm in Mars, he needs to get space-lifted back home. He realizes that the only way he could possibly pull that off is to figure out a way to establish some sort of communication with Earth and engage the experts back home and his spaceshipmates on their Earthbound journey, to initiate a rescue mission.
In the most carefully crafted storyline based on real science, physics, precise mathematics astronomy, dynamics of space travel and space communications, Damon’s character succeeds to engage remote experts from Earth. These experts in a control room at least 34 million miles away, use remote communications to guide him through the necessary steps based on real facts, real conditions, real expertise from around the world, considering real parameters at play, in a real life scenario to initiate a rescue mission to successfully bring Damon back home. This makes The Martian the most accurate rendition of the concept and technology of Remote Assisted Reality.
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Defining True Reality – As Intelligent Humans
There aren’t any simulations, any pre-programmed set of algorithms, any preset computer generated pattern recognitions or Artificial Intelligence in Remote Assisted Reality. Its all about real life events occurring in real time, with dynamic and constantly changing situations and circumstances that occur in the field – even the unexpected. Only human expertise with a wider range of intelligence can engage, collaborate from anywhere in the world that is connected to the Internet and constructively resolve true and real situations, not only in this planet but even in deep space. When considering these three options for your business it is important for you to contemplate which of the three business models more accurately depict your day to day operations when it comes to serving your customers and generating revenue, before making your choice of technology.
Surely the machines have risen, but they have been, are and always be leagues behind the capabilities of the ever expanding human intelligence.