- “Everything we call real is made up of things that cannot be regarded as real” – Niels BohrFor many, the “virtual world” of AI and the “real world” in which we live seem to perpetually be at odds.
- But, in reality, those two seemingly different worlds are not actually worlds apart — AI’s virtual world has real world applications.See also: 4 ways AI is enabling the IoT revolutionLet’s challenge this premise of separate worlds with an experiment.
- The non-physical world where our mental activities occur is similar to the virtual world of AI.Don’t miss your chance to attend our IoT Revolution SymposiumThe moment we open our eyes after this exercise, it’s easy to look through them and hold onto the traditional Newtonian views that the foundation of our universe is defined by physical material reality.
- That said, just like our own human consciousness, AI can rely on senses similar to humans in order to connect their thought processes to our physical world.IoT makes AI come to lifeThe Internet of Things (IoT) provides ready access to sensors that allow more meaningful sensory access to our physical world, thus enabling AI to “come to life.”
- In many ways, these sensors can empower the AI with “superhuman” capabilities, like:Access to many more sensory inputs than we have as people, in many different places, simultaneously.Infrared “eyes” so that AI can “see” heat variances, as well as standard object detection, counting, and classification.Ultrasonic “hearing” that enable access to frequency ranges beyond the human spectrum.Accelerometers that capture haptic movements with much finer details than our own fingertips.
For many, the “virtual world” of AI and the “real world” in which we live seem to perpetually be at odds. With AI largely being academic or theoretical in nature for most of the past 60 years, it’s easy to see why many question the potential of it being truly useful in our “real world.” But, in reality, those two seemingly different worlds are not actually worlds apart — AI’s virtual world has real world applications.
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