Disruptive Mixed Reality Dreams

In this article, I just want to share some thoughts. Not organized well, just thoughts. Mixed reality, like as presented with the Magic Leap One can build and extend our reality in a more immediate, dynamic, interconnected and accessible way than never before.

It allows and will allow not only developers but every one of us to have a visible and tangible creative presence in the world around us, even in places where we have never been before.

Mixed Reality alongside AR cloud, AI and computer vision technologies to constantly feed our breathing virtual entities with contextual and relevant data that will make give our applicative entities their own “awareness” and progressive adaptability and “personality”.

This injected virtual content will be able to quickly adapt to places and people as it learns from other present applications that already have acquired plenty of knowledge from the “digital culture” of the place that the app receives plenty of human interactions from, including other external real-world factors that helps to feed its internal AI learning systems.

The spatial awareness and measurement of many different interaction inputs like eye-gazing, voice analysis, movement behavior pattern, hand recognition, head posture, face analysis, heartbeat monitoring, environment analysis, and so on – all will help to inject personalized adaptable interaction to our app, better than ever before. Those user inputs will help you further enhance the experience and deliver more engaging, relevant, personal and useful data for users to consume.

This will also increase the emotional attachment with those spatial-computed applications and some of us might have different degrees of dependency on them. We are not far from having a virtual visibly-present friend that can go with us wherever we go, one we can always talk to, one that can fully understand our needs, can give us answers to immediate questions and so on. The ability to have a digital AI entity built with spatial-awareness will create that missing link of distinguished presence and ever evolving and learning entity that some of us are craving for. A close friend which will never go behind out back, one that we can trust to tell our deepest secrets and know that we can have an honest answer that can help us in bad times. You next robot friend might not be a physical one as previously thought.

Yes, with technology comes responsibility. A wearable device that sports so many sensors that can analyze not just ourselves, but the people around us, can lead to people reacting in not as they normally would and retract into themselves. On the other hand, it might lead us to become more open and not afraid of sharing our thoughts or our behavior being read, but at the same time, this might lead to social shunning.

We might not be so far away from “reading people’s minds” using technology. If we take a look far into the future, I think that these technologies being so common, the ability to analyze people’s behavior is something that every person will hold. This might encourage people to tell the truth and tell what’s on their mind because we might get into a point where you just can’t lie or hide your feelings anymore.

Yes, all of these new technologies will affect our lives and in fact, they are already doing so. When AR glasses will become a common technology, many ethical questions will be raised. Maybe new rules will be made to prevent the misuse of applications that empose privacy concerns.

So our reality is going to be completely different very soon and with these technologies comes big responsibility. We are definitely living in exciting times where there will be some disruptive technologies that will force us to adapt to it across many verticals.

Mixed reality won’t be there to just extend and added virtual value to our reality but also reshape it so it matches our desires and needs. Things that are already there might be redesigned and changes for personalized requirements. This can be, for example, translating persistent text, color buildings in different colors, remove disruptive undesired visual or audible content, etc. Some physical objects can even be removed completely and replaced by digital imagery data previously fed by users. This, of course, will require some caution practices, knowing that something is there but it’s actually not visible or was replaces with a new virtual content.

In the future, when you go out and walk in the street, you might be able to choose your own favorite “reality theme” or create your own custom one. An alternative (alternate) mixed reality that best matches your own desires, users, emotional state, needs, and other pre-defined factors. This might leads to apps having the option to be personalized based on specific pre-defined current user-state behavioral and emotional patterns. So the system has a certain read about the user’s emotional state, an entire set of apps will automatically switch that support that new current user status.

Well. some things we already have right now, others we can only imagine. I definitely enjoy both. It definitely makes it very interesting to follow the current technological advancement in those fields and it’s amazing how fast we move towards of making some of the things I wrote here a reality.

See you in the next article, have a great week.

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