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With the recent advancements in the digital world, the dimension of human computer interaction has taken tremendous shift in the paradigm. Artificial Intelligence, the term that started buzzing around slowly, has now become the domineering subject where the world is amused by its achievements. AI has definitely made its impact on modern world, majorly in fields of Medicine, Smart cities, Stock Market Prediction, Virtual Reality Services, Augmented Reality Services, and we can go on with a quite lengthy list.

So, what exactly is this AI? Well Artificial Intelligence is no magic.  In simple terms, AI is the technology that helps a machine acquire the ability to think like a human or make decisions. And not just making decisions but to choose the best possible decision by evaluating the outcomes in a given environment, considering all the scenarios and external factors, just like any other human. Theoretically, AI can take over humans but the fact to consider is, at the end of the day, it is a machine created by human. The rules and capabilities are defined by us. A man can make the machine dangerous enough to take over humans but we haven’t reached there yet.

Deep Learning and Neural Networks are two other buzz words we hear a lot around us these days. Many are still confused and use these terms with Artificial Intelligence interchangeably. Though these come under the field of AI, they are small sub-fields under AI. The term Artificial Intelligence constitutes of much wider range of applications and scenarios, both in technological and business terms. Virtual Reality is one among them.

When we talk about Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality, the first use case that pops up in our mind is Virtual Gaming or the 3D Gaming effects. Since recent past, AR and VR are not just confined to Gaming anymore. Technologists have been more innovative and productive in using these amazing functionalities in a much broader sense. Augmented Reality has found its way into our lives, work, the way we visualize things, entertain ourselves and socialize as well. “Beyond the Screens” marvel is now widely used in films, media and the filters we use in our social networking platforms. The main idea during the inception of Virtual Reality was to create a life-like world outside the real world.

Virtual reality started off as the head gear user wears to visualize the 360-degree effect of the digital world in Video Games. Augmented Reality goes a bit beyond the Virtual Reality to add the touch of the physical connection with the Virtual Reality. The games that detect and adapt to the motion of the player and reorient the outcomes are the best examples of Augmented Virtual reality. Another widely used application is the 360-degree visualization of Street Views and Places around in Google Maps. Travel through Augmented Virtual Reality has gained popularity of late.

The gripping advancements of Augmented and Virtual Reality has been enhanced with the use of Artificial Intelligence. The AI powered Augmented VR is not just used in our Instagram filters but also in fields of high importance. For example, we can use AVR systems in medical industry for embossing or highlighting the defective cells in the human body. Educational institutes and training centres use Virtual Reality as a means of effective learning to help the trainee visualize and understand the concepts.

When we talk about inanimate objects being “Smart”, we refer to something which is beyond a machine being able to just execute a piece of code, churning information from a concoction of some 0s and 1s and serve us with some daily use applications. These are rule-based applications and obey what a programmer has taught them to do. The word “Smart” in smart things, smart cities, smart objects has been originated from yet another fascinating technology – The Internet of Things. IOT, in simple terms can be defined as a set of few sensors, some Integrated Circuits, electronic devices and some software embedded through code connected by a physical network connectivity. Self-driving cars, Secured network Routers, Smart Homes and Smart Devices are all the enlivened outcomes of Internet of Things.