China, Russa, and the Unites States, to name but a few, have proven that their various defense agencies will leverage local AI advances to improve their militaries. And if they succeed, the risk is global. The good news is, some big players in technology are publicly protesting and warning us of the potential disaster.
To see the world for the first time
Restoring sight is not a fantasy. Jamie Soar, who has retinitis pigmentosa—a genetic illness that causes loss of nocturnal vision followed by a narrowing visual field—can testify. As Futurism reports, the man was able to see correctly for the first time in his life using a virtual reality helmet. The dual-screen projection method inverted Soar’s visual problem. With the helmet on, he no longer saw double, but… simply.
Democratizing the solution
Here to keep Jamie Soar from being an isolated case is IrisVision. Ravi Baichwal, journalist with ABC News 7, had the opportunity to use the technology. He explains that “the correction made by the dual screen allows you to see a computer screen, a television, play a video game…” All a poor-sighted user has to do is adjust the size of the bubble that appears when he or she puts on the helmet so that it conforms to the dimensions of the screen. Once the bubble is calibrated, the real world, diffused by embedded cameras in the helmet, is normal sized.
Oxsight, reality projector
These are Smart Specs. Created by Oxsight, these glasses produce a general image of their environment to the wearer, who no longer needs a cane or any neural connection system. While Oxsight is working on a future adaption for totally blind people, the first tests on visually impaired people take what remains of their vision (light, object, and movement detection) and amplifies it.
eSight and the crazy project to “restore sight”
If the tools described above attack visual impairment progressively—starting with cases of weak eyesight—eSight is concerned with legally blind people. This pair of glasses displays information near the eye, through lenses that provide the illusion of depth. By then adapting what it displays to retinal zones that are still functioning, it will—in a certain way—”restore sight.”