Wearing VR/AR/MR Headsets Can be Not So Weird

You look like an idiot (in a funny way)

VR/AR/MR has been actively developing these years. We have seen Facebook Oculus leading VR, Google ARCore and Apple ARKit leading AR (not particularly using a head-mounted display but I'm sure there will be one), and Microsoft Hololens leading MR. In the end they could all become a similar thing: user wears some sort of headsets (or glasses if powerful enough) and sees a screen with fancy stuff.

If you are the person wearing the device, it is fine. You feel you are awesome. You live in a virtual or semi-virtual world and see things no one else can see.

But, others see you as an idiot. That you are weird (in a funny way). Refer to the following video:

How to make you look less (funny) weird?

The question is: how can you look not so (funny) weird?

While you can share your screen with friends so they know what you are doing, you still look funny, like (didn't mean to pick Lenovo only):

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Lenovo Windows HMD
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Lenovo Mirage Solo has two cameras that suppose to look like your eyes..

Hmm... see where the problem is? The headset hardware itself!

It is bulky. It has to go around your face. And you look very dull (and thus funny somehow..).

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Why don't Google and Samsung team up and make a better smartphone and smartwatch???

Giving Machines the Ability to Think on Their Own

Just some random idea when I took the shower early this morning. Maybe someone already did this. Maybe not.

Lots of us want machines to learn by themselves. This has been studied for years, but there's not a breakthrough yet. Could there be a fundamental problem that prevents us doing so?

When deep learning came out, people went crazy about it. This is possible the future of AI, people think. However, if you look closely, the underlying structure (the number of layers, their types, etc.) all relies on our decisions, the human's decisions. This is not AI.

What if we give the machine the flexibility to also change those structures. We provide the building blocks, and they learn on their own about where to use what.

I thought of Google's AutoML. What it does basically is to automatically try many combinations of models using its powerful backend.

This is dumb but cool. To train neural nets to train neural nets. However, the trained neural network would still be a fixed neural network, meaning it does not evolve.

The most dummy solution is to do similar things like AutoML does, with a reinforcement learning like closed-loop structure. So you want the neural network (that is trained to design other neural networks) to be able to refresh its own memory.

This trained network will be a building block for one particular tasks: designing another neural network for a particular action, like object detection, language translation, etc.

This structure is clearly a layered structure. While it makes sense, most of our thinking system is not really layered. It includes many possible cooperations in different areas of the brain. So if we somehow connect these trained neural networks together, that form a larger mixture rather than layers ones, then maybe the machine could have much more flexibility that enables it to "evolve" - to think on its own.



Regarding foldable phones

There's been a hype about foldable phones. While it's awesome to see screens that can actually fold, and there are softwares supporting this feature, I do not see foldable phones have much future. The key problem is now the phone has to be as twice as big, based on current implementations. Also, there is only one possible changes of the screen display size. This fundamentally limits the concept of a "soft" display.

I'm more believed in scrollable screens. See this year's scrollable TV at CES as a reference. It would benefit much more if the screens can be dragged out more and more. While you may still limit the scrollable length, and fix the scrolling distance for fixed screen size, we may no longer need an additional thickness of the phone. Like the design of Amazon's Oasis, or any scrolls, it would save so much space and the phone will be so much smaller in size.

Sorry guys, my blog was down for a while due to database issues.. Still figuring out what is going on, but I will keep an eye on it.