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Emergent // Future Weekly: Augmented Reality, Face Stealing, Snapchat Specs, AI, and more

Issue 31
This week we take a deep dive into
augmented reality and try on Snapchat Spectacles, we learn how easy it is to steal your face with some cardboard glasses, and why Apple’s working on their own Google Glass project. 

Plus, we check out Facebook’s new photo filters, and what AI can and cannot do right now

Don’t forget our favorite articles from the past week and some of the projects making us smarter.

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Here’s what it feels like to wear Snapchat Spectacles 😎

Snapchat will sell its new video-capturing glasses via vending machines called Snapbots. The ephemeral company says the vending machines are only available for about a day at each location before they’re removed.

All it takes to steal your face is a special pair of glasses 👓

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that facial recognition software is far from secure. The team used a special pair of eyeglass frames printed with a pattern that is perceived by the computer as facial details of another person. This pattern caused commercial-grade facial recognition software into identifying the wrong person with 100% success (failure?).

Apple working on Google Glass-style AR glasses 👾

While still in an exploration phase, the device would connect wirelessly to iPhones, show images and other information in the wearer’s field of vision, and may use augmented reality. The company has ordered small quantities of near-eye displays from one supplier for testing, but hasn’t ordered enough components to indicate imminent mass-production.

Facebook has added a little AI to its app 🌊

The company shipped an AI-based style transfer framework called Caffe2Go, which runs a neural network in real time on your mobile devices. Facebook says it can execute neural nets in less than 1/20th of a second.

So now you can transform your Facebook photos and videos into the style of a Picasso, Van Gogh, or a Warhol, just like Prisma.

Facebook is currently focused on three main areas of research – connectivity, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Meanwhile, Prisma now lets iPhone 6S and 7 owners broadcast to Facebook Live using one of eight Prisma artistic filters.

What artificial intelligence can and can’t do right now ✨

Andrew Ng, Chief Scientist at Baidu, says AI will transform many industries. But it’s not magic. Much has been written about AI’s potential to reflect both the best and the worst of humanity. As leaders, it is incumbent on all of us to make sure we are building a world in which every individual has an opportunity to thrive. Understanding what AI can do and how it fits into your strategy is the beginning, not the end, of that process.

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