Monthly Archives: May 2016

Last Monday, OnePlus announced its 30,000 virtual reality headset giveaway. Internet users jumped on the VR company’s generous offer, and the headsets ran out well before the day ended.

vr headsetOnePlus has been developing a VR space that it calls “The Loop” in which the company plans to unveil the OnePlus 3. The Loop constitutes one of many new and emerging technological worlds in the greater VR industry. The Loop is only accessible to those with OnePlus Loop VR headsets, which are produced by AntVR.

“We believe that we, and the tech industry as a whole, have only scratched the surface of what can be done in VR,” stated OnePlus cofounder Carl Pei.

The only issue with VR is the difficulty in getting the entire industry up and running; users have to spend a lot of money upfront for the technology to access a niche product that’s difficult to test for quality before the purchase.

That’s why OnePlus’s decision to give out its headsets for free may be well worth the money; with 30,000 headsets in circulation, they’re generating their own market of VR consumers. According to Jim McGregor, the decision on OnePlus’s part “is an innovative way to generate press and consumer interest in the event and the new smartphone.”

“It is really difficult to stand out from the smartphone crowd in today’s market,” McGregor continues. “So this could help reach a broader audience and generate brand awareness.”

This will be the second of two smart phones that OnePlus has launched through the VR medium. Last year it gave away 30,000 OnePlus Cardboard viewers to enable the launch of OnePlus. Unfortunately for the burgeoning VR company, that launch didn’t go so well.

“Hoping this wouldn’t be much of a disaster like the OP2 VR launch,” stated one user in response to OnePlus’s announcement of its second try. Others are already disillusioned with the company, believing that the second launch is as doomed to fail as the first was.

oneplus cardboard“Forget cardboard, this year we’re excited to bring you the OnePlus Loop VR Headset- for a more robust, immersive and comfortable experience,” Pei described. He went on to say that Loop VR “is beautiful, and developed together with our buddies at AntVR… We’re confident that this year’s experience will be vastly improved.”

Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University, has his own opinions about the launch:

“This would be a very expensive launch for most companies, but OnePlus at the moment is an unknown brand to most consumers,” he stated. If OnePlus can put itself in a position where it is known as the consumer electronics brand that’s most in alignment with VR applications, it “will be seen as a brilliant move.”

That said, if the decision flops along with the VR industry in general, the decision “could be seen as a very big mistake because OnePlus could have put far more of its mobile devices in the hands of consumers by simply discounting them.”

After all, OnePlus “likely could have put more than 100,000 devices in the hands of consumers with big discounts, and the related word of mouth would have been susbtantial,” he concluded.

Lawyers often get a bad reputation. In fact they probably have the worst reputations of any working profession on Earth. They are seen as slimy and conniving. This next development is not going to help their case in this regard. The ROSS system has neither the quality of being slimy nor conniving because it is an artificial intelligence. However, the implementation of it to be used in real law cases is a scary president because the thing that we are going for which is justice, a human convention and quality is not being cooped by a system that does not seek justice or what is right, rather it has one goal, win the case at all costs. This is not to say that lawyers were not following this same line of reasoning forever, but it was a little more subtle before hand. For instance this thing has the ability to look up an obscure court ruling from 13 years ago, and ROSS will not only search for the case in an instants without contest or complaint, it will also look up and offer in plain language what the ruling meant and how it can me used. This is bothersome because what was once seen as quality that was relieve to humans and their context or time is now a very objective black and white en devour that that has taken the soul from what we hold most dear in our society. Computing has penetrated nearly every corner of the market today. Image result for ai

The ROSS system takes advantage of the super computer powered by IBM that is called Watson to go though huge batches of data and over time it can learn how to best serve its users.

“Judges decisions are written in everyday language and not issued in columns and rows, which is what current computer systems digest best,” Andre Agular.

the real test is going to be building ROSS and finding a way to make it as intuitive as an actual colleague. The way people take about this is troubling and it raises the questions of what should be the role of humans in the 22 century. It is quickly becoming the case that we are outsourcing so many of the jobs help by people such as truck driving and factory automation to be done by computers and machines. True they can do it cheaper and  more efficient but can they do it better? quality the aim of all human en devours that separates us and uniquely defines us is now something of little importance in our society today given this infatuation. 

We need to consider what it will look like when intellectual en devours are now taken over by artificial intelligence and whether or not we want that. I am of the mind that I honestly cannot see any benefit to such an effort, and that when we take the people out of everything that is desirably human, whats left? We treat this as an inevitably but we don’t have to, why not resist and put forth good legislation for the rights of man before it is too late.