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Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality: Like Super Powers and Super Villains

Most of us associate superpowers with comics and film adaptations. But artificial intelligence and augmented reality already make a lot possible today. However, the decisive factor will be who will use the progress for themselves.

"What is Batman's superpower? Money. ”A standard joke in the comic book world. Otherwise almost all superheroes have very special, superhuman powers.

What we know from comics and their film adaptations is currently becoming reality - thanks to augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI). We see more, we know more, we can do more. We develop superpowers thanks to technology. Assuming the necessary change - as with Batman and Iron Man. Just real.

Five superpowers that artificial intelligence can master

Let's take a moment to see what artificial intelligence can already do today.

1. X-ray view

Superman has the ability to see through walls.

We can already look into machines or devices using a digital twin. The digital twin is a digital 3D copy of a machine, for example. We place this virtually over the original. We can then look inside with an augmented reality headset.

But there is already an application that can recognize people through walls - solely on the basis of the distortion of the WiFi signal.

2. Lip reading

Artificial intelligence recently beat the world's best lip readers. It is now conceivable to eavesdrop on a person without having to hear him. And that even works over many meters, because machines have long had better eyes than people.

3. Measure vital functions without physical contact

A recently introduced AI can only measure people's blood pressure with the help of a camera signal. We also know this from superheroes who recognize from a distance that someone is lying, for example, because blood pressure or heartbeat suddenly changes.

4. Night vision

Artificial intelligence has learned to brighten dark camera images in such a way that previously invisible objects become visible again. With the right computing power in the background, this is of course also conceivable in real time.

5. Track down people

In the X-Men films, Dr. Xavier the ability to locate people all over the planet using the Cerebro machine. In reality, the dark side of power has already caught up with fiction - without the “good” Professor X and Cerebro as the heart and motor.

A smart camera network spanning China enables authorities to track down one person among billions of others across the country in minutes.

Most of these examples are not yet available for augmented reality data glasses, but only run on high-performance computer systems. But it won't be long before they also work on the move or we can call them up on our glasses in real time via 5G.

This is exactly where the real superpowers arise: Augmented Reality means bringing information from the computer into the real world. The connection with Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things gives us options that were previously thought to be impossible via the data glasses.

The three building blocks of superpowers

1. Artificial intelligence

To put it roughly: Machine vision makes computers see, natural language processing enables them to understand us, machine learning enables us to train them, and deep learning enables them to learn independently.

2. Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality expands our visually perceived world. Special glasses lay a layer with additional information about our field of vision.

It's kind of like the perspective in Iron Man's helmet. This additional information has a direct relation to the physical space and can be changed by gestures or voice commands.

3. Internet of Things

The Internet of Things makes it possible for us to control and monitor machines or things that previously could only be operated locally with buttons via a network.

With augmented reality we can now transfer virtual actions to the real world and, for example, shoot real lightbulbs with virtual arrows.

Beware of supervillains

With great power comes great responsibility, of course. Not only Spider-Man knows that, but every comic book reader. Every superhero has his archenemy. And this archenemy has often had a tragic case that has brought him to the dark side.

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Now he uses his technical or superhuman abilities for evil. This can be transferred almost one-to-one to our superpowers thanks to augmented reality.

What can save lives on the one hand enables deep encroachments on privacy on the other. That has to be discussed intensively - elsewhere. Because in reality, the good doesn't necessarily win in the end. Unfortunately, this only applies to comics.

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