Everyone has that moment where they want nothing more than to be elsewhere. Whether it is a specific place, such as a state, country or local business, there are times when you wish nothing more than to be there. Some may ask, “Why not just take a trip?” And the reason one can’t “just take a trip” is because life gets in the way. The struggle of finding flights, hotels, and especially the cost is the reason most people are reluctant to travel. Now with Virtual Reality and Travel, a more non-expensive way of visiting anywhere you want is possible.
When virtual reality was a newer system in 2009 it was being studied by undergraduates at a University in Massachusetts. What inspired them was the process of choosing a University to attend. They did not like the idea of choosing a college just based off of research and some pictures. Also, the pictures did not fully show everything on the campus and what surrounded the University. They decided that Virtual Reality would be the tool to give future students a larger insight on the college and some of the city. Their final creation was a website called YouVisit. This website allows one to access almost any college in any location and see it through virtual reality. It is like a 360 degree video. From these three undergraduates creation, the technology of Virtual Reality has expanded immensely. Virtual Reality has gone from showing college campuses to showing entire cities and artifacts such as New York City and museums in foreign countries.
Who uses Virtual Reality?
It is now known that Virtual Reality is used for seeing college campuses and overheads of places around the world, but believe it or not, it is being used for even more. Businesses are always looking for ways to get ahead. The North Face clothing line has used Virtual Reality to set them at a technological advantage. The North Face relies on the durability of their clothing to be successful. They have a lot of clothing for outdoor activities and for cooler weather. When it comes to these two categories, nobody wants their product they purchased to be flimsy. Through a picture, one can’t truly see how durable the clothing is. Therefore, The North Face began using Virtual Reality to show people wearing their clothing while doing numerous things, such as climbing mountains. This is an extremely smart idea, and is also beneficial towards their business. Other places of businesses also use Virtual Reality. For example, hotels use this system.
They are able to show prospective residents a clearer and more realistic picture of what they can expect when residing at their hotels. This is really good for your business because if you can show that your hotel has features others might not have, customers would be more likely to choose your establishment simply because they do not have to “take their chances” of what your hotel will or will not include. Conclusively, virtual reality is a jump in videography and beneficial to providers and consumers.
In 1870 Siegfried Marcus created the first gasoline powered car. From there engines were further developed, there were different sources of power such as gasoline and petroleum. Years later in 1897 the first motor car was developed in Czech. Once motor cars were developed, the creation of some of the cars we know today began to become popular as early as 1920. Some of these cars were: BMW, Nissan, Bugatti, Ford and much more. Into the 1960’s racecars were beginning to be built. Now, in the modern era, 2012 to present day, there has been a big development in electric cars. The development of electric cars has made just the thought of self-driving cars possible.
Progression of Self Driving Cars
It is estimated that by 2030 25 percent of driving in the United States will be done by self-driving cars. Some may see this as a long time for a minimal percentage reached, but driving is extremely tedious when trying to develop a feat as such. In 2016 driving accidents were classified as the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Knowing this, when trying to make self-driving cars, the testing must be extremely accurate. If a product comes out that causes more harm than good then it would be deemed as useless. The reason self-driving cars are being created is because there has been a huge increase in the interest of electric vehicles. These self-driving cars will also include a huge price increase. It is estimated that those who decide to purchase a self-driven car over a man operated car will be paying around 60 percent more. Due to this, it is also believed that the car sales market will not suffer a bit. There will still be the same amount of interest in man operated vehicles as there was before the self-driving cars.
Testing of Self Driving Vehicles
As stated before, these cars need to be as close to perfection as possible. To ensure safety, there is a thirty month trial of these vehicles. This testing is funded by an 8.6m euro grant. This amounts to a little over 10 million U.S. dollars. There are also re-insurer XL Catlin, and Nominet and the Atomic Energy Authority. These trials began in the beginning of May 2017 in the United Kingdom. They plan to gather data from multiple aspects of these autonomous vehicles. This data can show what needs to be fixed and how. They are being tested on public roads between London and Oxford. The reason behind testing these cars on public roads is to verify that they are able to succeed in real conditions on regular roads. Thus far, it looks as if they are being precautious and considering various factors to ensure the crucial safety expected from higher technology.
Industry 4.0 simply expresses an industrial revolution. When thinking about it, that is truly, what has slowly been happening and is continuing as the years pass. These developments are of various sorts. Those being bots, self-driving cars, drones, 3D technology, sensors, virtual reality and much more. To prepare for all of these advancements, they need to find a way to deal with humongous loads of data coming in from various channels. The key to industrializing America furthermore is to have quick tech savvy machines.
Who is taking part in the Revolution of Industrialization?
In Germany the concept of Industry 4.0 has taken action fully. They are increasing the correspondence between businesses and customers daily. Due to Germany advancing their business capabilities they have made it possible for manufacturers from all over to have cost reductions, increased safety and the risk to human errors diminished. For other countries to be involved in Industry 4.0 they have to have a close range of manufacturers to educate. This is simply because you need people to rely on more than just a bot to do their job correctly. They need to understand the machines and be able to be innovative when it comes to experiencing the usage of this technology first hand.
Virtual Reality Revolutionizing the Workplace
Virtual Reality is like seeing the world through a controlled state. Yes, everything is as it would be in real life, but you would not have to deal with the trials and tribulations of the real world. On Your text to link… they list four valid reasons virtual reality is revolutionizing the workplace. They are the following: unifying geographically diverse workplaces, creating safe and controlled testing and training environments, reimagining the ‘second-screen’ experience, and acquiring top talent. A lot of places of work have business CEO’s who can’t be in two places at once, so they do video calls. Although these have been successful, using virtual reality would allow for a more in person meeting. When learning new techniques in the work place it can be dangerous due to low staffing or simply because there has not been sufficient practice yet. With virtual technology, this risk for danger is eliminated. The ‘second-screen’ is like doing two things at once. Virtual reality technology can help with the organization of files by applying the second-screen. You would use the VR screen to organize documents and in your peripheral vision, you would manually file the documents. This would make your job a lot simpler and it would also hold your focus, for you can’t grab for your phone or be distracted by too many other things. Lastly there is acquiring top talent. If you are looking for a job, most of the time there is an idea of how to proceed, but all of the detailed work is unknown until the job is yours. With VR future hires can see the workplace and experience the environment before they even start.
Emergency bots are anything from bots that answer 911 calls to drones. Normally a 911 or any other emergency call is answered by a person, but now that these places aren’t staffed as much, emergency bots help fill the vacant spaces. Having emergency bots answer 911 calls can seem a bit tedious because people are usually frantic and for a bot to try to maintain a conversation would be a bit difficult. Due to the importance of these calls, emergency bots are extremely advanced. These bots are able to pick up location and language. This makes it more efficient for the 911 call responders. The bots are able to connect the person with one who can understand either their language or accent. The bots are also able to connect the caller to someone within their immediate location. This is extremely important so that when people arrive at the location they are prepared to the best of their abilities. Emergency bots are becoming so advanced that it has been predicted that over 85 percent of interactions between businesses and customers will have no involvement of a human on the business side by 2020. Without even knowing it, the majority of your phone calls through customer care are led by bots. Bots have become a huge contribution to customer care and will more than likely become a huge part of more emergent matters.
Emergency Bots for Safety
Scientists are working on robotic drones for security on the country’s border. Before drones, Homeland Security used unmanned vehicles with cameras for border surveillance. They have been using these surveillance vehicles since 2005. It can be assumed that this is reliable, but like everything, technology evolves. Staying with one set plan does not assure long term success. Using these vehicles for surveillance is a difficult task. They have to be in the right place at the right time to be activated. This means there is a lot of room for errors and when dealing with border security, this is not something that can take any errors. With the help of bots in the form of drones, this room for error becomes minimized. Drones are more advanced and the technology on them is still advancing.
How are drones used for security?
At the University of Arizona, researchers were given a grant from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research to create a surveillance system to monitor the United States’ border with Mexico. They are creating this artificial intelligence development for a surveillance system that includes more realistic data and can respond to threats faster. Overall they want to be able to make everything safer and more efficient. Everything would include the travel of high power authority figures, to military personnel. Huge developments of these drones allow are the ability to fly low. Having low-flying drones will allow traffickers to be picked up. Trafficking of any kind is extremely important and dangerous. Having a system enabled to track and stop this kind of behavior is extremely important. This can prevent the loss of lives and the illegal dealings over borders. Conclusively, the development of these higher tech emergency bots allows the United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection to be notified of unsafe activities and the locations of these activities much faster.
Interbots or IBC is a messaging channel that consists of bots communicating with other bots. They are introducing a new and extremely cool way of communicating. There can be an interbot for nearly everything, which will be described later on. They can almost be thought of as a more high tech google translate. They allow for you to use systems that are based in other countries or systems that do not directly use your language. They can also simply be used for normal communications between businesses and companies. Interbots have more than likely been used by a majority of people. Whenever one simply types in a question on a foreign site, or a site that uses a different language, these language-interbots are being used. These various interbots communicate through the InterBot Console, which helps translate communications to complete the tasks set at hand.
How do Interbots Work?
For example, let’s say there is a shopping bot. This shopping bot understands English and communicates with customers in English. If one is more comfortable speaking German, then they would build a German shopping bot. This German shopping bot would communicate with the English shopping bot in order to translate the conversation. This interaction consists of three bots, the shopping bot, English bot and German bot, communicating with each other to make your experience more efficient. In this scenario you would use the following in the InterBot Console: @shoppingbot + @eng2gerbot / @germanshoppingbot / @ger2engbot. This is telling the console to translate what they are saying from English to German. Once it is translated to German, and there is a response, the system receives the response that is translated back to English. This then turns into a recurring pattern until the conversation is done.
How are Interbots Useful?
Interbots are of extremely great use. They make customer interactions with businesses a lot easier. Interbots are also used for various other things. These things include flights, hotels, taxi, cafés, assistants and much more. Interbots can communicate with flights and hotels. They do this by combining the services of the booked flight with the hotel. How this works is when you choose a flight, the “flight bot” will communicate with the “hotel bot” and it will provide you with hotels that are available at the time your flight arrives. This can also be done vice versa. The “hotel bot” can communicate with the “flight bot” to find a flight by the time your hotel reservation expires. This also applies to the taxi and café. The “taxi bot” will communicate with the “café bot” and your coffee will be ready by the time your taxi arrives to the café. As for the virtual assistant, this bot would come in handy the most. These “personal assistant bots” can do anything from take notes to schedule meetings. This innovative technology is a true way of simplifying life while also introducing new and exciting technology. Knowing that this is only the beginning one can only imaging the lengths interbots will be taken to in the future.
When you want to leave a comment or have a question about a product or on a social media account you are more than likely being responded to or interacting with a bot. With major business and some small ones, some kind automated messaging system is used. A business will use social bots if they want to increase the efficiency of responding to customers. This gives better customer service and can possibly even boost the reviews of your company. A socialbot is “a type of bot that controls a social media account.” The way a socialbot is designed makes it act as if it is an actual human. Their responses are set to convince one that they are being responded to by a representative of your company. Therefore, the purpose of a bot is not to acting like humans but simply to make life for the business and customer a little easier.
Why should you use Bots for Social Business?
There are many factors that determine if a bot is necessary. For some businesses, social bots are necessary to keep customer satisfaction high. If you already have a system and it doesn’t include a bot, but your customer satisfaction is high, then replacing it with a bot could be detrimental. The main thing that should be determined is if your company receives a lot of inquiries. Is your business getting multiple messages a day? If so, then getting a bot could help your business. Another factor to consider is if a bot will help improve the quality of customer service. You can determine this by seeing your response time before getting a bot. If you are receiving multiple messages in a short amount of time then having a bot could almost be a necessity.
The Pros of having Bots for Social Business
There are many beneficiary aspects that come with using bots for social business. Some of these benefits are: efficiency, faster service and full control. Your business could be more efficient and provide faster service in the sense that bots would be able to complete tasks and solve problems faster. When things get confusing to the point where you send in a question it is nice to receive a quick response. Bots make this quick response possible and it leads to higher customer satisfactory. What is meant by having full control is that you can decide how your bot responds. Your company has its own brand and you can design a bot that has an attitude that represents your brand. He or she can be flirty, nice, and funny or even mean. This could also improve customer satisfactory because it can draw attention and contribute to customer experience when using your company site.
We’ve all heard someone say “robots are going to take over the world.” In a way, technology is being advanced to the point where this is possible. Some may not have noticed, but robots are being used for various different tasks. As time goes on these tasks they are able to perform are becoming more and more advanced. Artificial Intelligence Applications are “bots” such as Siri, Cortana and Alexa that are being introduced to our daily lives. These bots are programs that are designed to behave like a player or person. In order to do this, these bots are made with an autonomous program on a network such as the internet that interacts with computer systems or users. Bots are progressing and are being used for even more technological advances. Now the question is why and how are these bots assigned a gender?
Female and Male Bots
It is said that male engineering groups typically give female names to the bots they create. This is because the female voice is found to be more calming and that results in a more comfortable connection between a human and a bot. Although they try to say this is false and their bots are not gender specified, gender is shown through the voice, appearance (if shown) and name of the bot. Although a lot of bots are thought to be women, there are a lot of men bots as well and the numbers are closer than many would think. These male bots are mainly seen in movies as robots. Some movies with male bots would be Wall-E, iRobot, and Star Wars just to name a few. This does not exclude female bots from being in movies, such as the movie “Her,” it simply is justifying that male ones are more common.
What are these bots used for?
Almost every smart phone or gaming console is equipped with a bot. Some examples were listed earlier. The most well-known bot would be Siri. Siri is the Apple IPhone bot that assists in calling, texting, setting reminders or alarms and much more. Although Siri seems like a gender neutral name, the voice no matter the accent is a bit more feminine. A noticeably female bot would be Amazon’s Alexa. Alexa is very much like Siri except rather than being on a phone; this bot is its own individual product. Alexa is always listening and answers to what you ask or say. These bots are very useful and resourceful, but there are bots being created to be used for tasks that are even further advanced. Some things they are now being used for are: Self-driving cars, assistants and customer service. The most well-known advancement would probably be customer service. Everyone has seen how store after store is becoming equipped with self-checkout stations. These stations (that are operated by bots) are taking the jobs of human beings but are part of developing a better technology filled future. Having these bot controlled check out stations and virtual assistants has helped lead to the development of self-driving cars. So when they say robots are taking over the world they are pretty accurate.
Everybody knows the struggle of planning a vacation or trip. From booking flights to finding hotels, it becomes a real hassle. With travel bots, which are said to be “virtual travel assistants,” this process is made a lot easier. A travel bot is an artificial intelligence (AI) design that responds to messages instantly. These bots typically help to find the best flights, hotels, and even gifts. Travel bots are rather new and most have come about around three years ago. You will mainly see Travel bots being used for finding flights or hotels.
How Are Travel Bots Useful?
Instead of spending your time trying to search multiple sites for the best hotels or cheapest flights you can spend your time planning what to do when you get there, while a travel bot finds these things for you. For companies, these travel bots save time and money. With the help of travel bots there is less of a demand for customer service representatives. The bots can manage questions and give excellent results. Travel agencies and hotels are also able to be more productive due to these travel bots. Instead of having to notify potential customers of prices and or other information, one can receive this information from the travel bot.
How do you use a Travel Bot?
Some of the first sites to have a travel bot were Kayak, Skyscanner, Expedia.com and Cheapflights. For example, Cheapflights works by entering your flight location and destination along with dates and amount of people. Once all of this information is entered, it loads a list of travel sites that you can go on to find the best and or cheapest flight. If one wanted to find a hotel the process would be similar. You would go on a site such as Kayak and search the place you are visiting and then you will receive different hotels that you can look further into. You can even use a travel bot to find and send a gift to anyone. You can buy almost anything such as gift cards, gift baskets, and much more. It is also possible to have gifts sent to or from other countries which makes things so much easier price wise. Although travel bots are recent and there is still some experimentation, they have turned out well thus far. They have made life on both ends more efficient. It is believed that travel bots will develop into an even more hassle free network for safe and easy travel.