Auto-magical lives are around the corner
If you are as intrigued by exponential technology (the hardware and software that power Virtual and Augmented Reality applications) as we are, you may have noticed that we haven’t seen rapid growth on this front recently. But that is all about to change.
Both Virtual (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), combined with Artificial Intelligence (AI), will significantly disrupt the “middleman,” and make our lives “auto-magical.” The implications will touch every aspect of our lives, including healthcare and how we work.
The Future of Work
We’ve seen how AI and Robotics can change the way we work, but Virtual and Augmented Reality is taking the future workplace to an entirely new level.
Take eXp Realty in the United States, for example. Founded by Glenn Sanford and his team, eXp Realty is known for being the first cloud-based brokerage model that uses a 3D avatar-based online office to collaborate and communicate.
They’ve essentially abandoned the physical bricks and mortar infrastructure normally associated with real estate brokerage. Today, eXp Realty has an army of over 15 000 agents in all 50 states and three Canadian provinces.
The benefits in South Africa
The same theory could apply to South Africa and the healthcare business. Delocalize with VR, and you can now hire anyone with internet access (right next door or on the opposite end of the country), redesign your corporate office every month, throw in an ocean-view office, or impromptu conference room for client meetings, and forget about guzzled-up hours in traffic.
As a leader, what happens when you can expand and connect your workforce, not to mention your customer base, without the excess overhead of office space and furniture? Your organization can run faster and farther than your competition.
A new era for surgeons
Let’s take this beyond the office now. Let’s imagine a work environment populated with interactive annotations that guide specialists like a surgeon or engineer through meticulous handiwork.
This idea is actually a reality with 3D4Medical, an award-winning 3D technology company that specializes in medical, educational, and health and fitness software for student and patient education. Its software has been featured on-stage at Apple and Microsoft events and is used daily in universities and clinical organizations around the world.
From here, Augmented Reality hardware can only continue to advance. Suddenly the idea of surgeons performing operations on annotated organs and magnified incision sites does not seem so far-fetched.
Technology or the government?
We live in a world where technology continues to take care of us and do our work for us. One phrase that describes this is “technological socialism,” where it’s technology, not the government, that takes care of us.
It is an exciting time for Artificial Intelligence and the potential for both AI and robotics in healthcare is vast. Who knows what the future holds?