Augmented Intelligence is a relatively new field, much lesser known than Artificial Intelligence. In 2019 the Augmented Intelligence market totaled 9 billion dollars globally. This is projected to grow to over 200 billion dollars in 2025.

While many businesses have already begun to adopt Augmented Intelligence and Augmented Reality products and system many people still do not have a good understanding of what it is. Let us look at the basics of Augmented Reality: What it does and how businesses and people use it to improve productivity and make their lives easier.

Augmented Reality adds digital elements to a live view of the real world. It is different from virtual reality in the sense that VR aims to create an entirely digital environment which the user immerses themselves in. AR takes the real world, experienced in real-time, and adds to it digitally. As of now, AR is usually viewed through the lens of a smartphone or tablet. The most well-known example of this in popular culture is the mobile game ‘Pokemon Go’; a game in which users viewed their surroundings through their smartphone camera having pokemon digitally inserted which one was to catch.

Brian Weaver CEO and Founder of Torch.ai said: “Teams were failing to fully realize the benefits of machine augmented intelligence” when commenting on the potential for Augmented intelligence integration into the workplace. With the industry expected to grow to over 200 billion by 2025, we can certainly expect to see AR adoption increase heavily. Let us look at some of the areas where AR is most likely to make an impact in the immediate future.

Employee Training Programs: This is already being implemented, especially in fields where the employee’s job is often dangerous or presents the threat of injury. Certain types of construction, security, machine operating, etc are already using Augmented reality training programs. 

Another area where AR has taken hold is the aviation training industry, both private and military. Being able to train with obstacles which do not pose real-world harm to pilot has proven extremely beneficial

Architecture: Many programs exist which create 3d models in a VR setting that allows one to see how a building would look like upon completion. AR allows the architect to view their design in real-time and space.

Navigation and Info: Many people have seen the sci-fi movies where the characters have eyepieces that display info about their surroundings in real-time, imposed over the world which they are viewing with Augmented intelligence this type of technology is not far off. Augmented Reality will change the way we interact with the world, providing us with data, directions, and information about our surroundings.

These were just a few of the areas in which Augmented intelligence is being implemented, but it is nowhere near an exhaustive list. Augmented Reality differs from Artificial Intelligence in the sense that it is not trying to replace human involvement with the world it is aiming to enhance human interaction with the world.

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