There is a disconnect between the volume of digital data available to us and the physical world in which we apply it. Reality may be three-dimensional, but the rich data we have to inform our decisions and actions remains trapped on two-dimensional pages and screens.

This gulf between the real and digital worlds limits our ability to take advantage of the information and insights produced by billions of smart, connected products worldwide.

Augmented reality is a set of technologies that superimposes digital data and images on the physical world. It closes the gap and releases untapped and uniquely human capabilities.

This technology is seen as the new interface between humans and machines, bridging the digital and physical worlds. 

Even though augmented reality is relatively new, spending on the technology continues to increase, reaching $60 billion in 2020. Augmented reality affects companies in every industry and type of organization.

Today most augmented reality applications are delivered through mobile devices, but increasingly delivery will shift to hands-free wearables such as head-mounted displays or smart glasses. Virtual reality is a more familiar technology, but many people are familiar with simple augmented reality entertainment applications and just didn’t realize it. Think Snapchat or Pokémon Go. Augmented reality is being applied in far more consequential ways in both consumer and business-to-business settings. 

The need for visual and spatial data for augmented reality often relies on artificial intelligence (AI) enabling technologies to capture, process and contextualize that data in an actionable way.

It has never been more important to understand how the AI technology is doing what it does and why. Explainable AI is used to describe an AI model, its expected impact and potential biases. Why is this important? Because explainability becomes critical when the results can have an impact on data security or safety.

Data Harmony is a fully customizable suite of software products designed to maximize precise, efficient information management and retrieval. Our suite includes tools for taxonomy and thesauri construction, machine aided indexing, database management, information retrieval and explainable AI.

However, Data Harmony is so much more than just an editor, it’s a suite of tools to help you with your semantic search journey. The Data Harmony suite analyzes, manages, and enriches content. It is much more than a single-purpose tool.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the intelligence and the technology behind world-class explainable AI solutions.