I am convinced that any future learning system will have to work on a global scale. It will also have to be personalized for each student. In order for this to happen, most of the content will have to be created by machines. Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others are all working on machine vision and various related systems. Amazon’s new Fire phone has a feature where you can take a picture of an object and it will tell you what it is (and how to buy it). Microsoft has announced that they have a system that can interpret what it looks at pretty well.
This morning at the annual Research Faculty Summit, Microsoft showed off a pretty impressive advancement in its AI tech. An app, entitled Project Adam, is poised to identify all of its surroundings just like a Fire Phone without the merch hooks. The app is still in development but shows promising results.
Here’s the demo video.
I cannot overstate how much of a disruptive innovation this can be. When computers can see as well (and then better) than human, vast amounts of jobs will be able to be replaced. It will be the merging of the digital world and the real world.
So how long will it take for an app to come along where you point your phone at an object and say, “teach me about this”?
Technology is moving forward in a thousand tiny ways, getting ready to be combined into new products and ways to enhance the human experience.