If you think that you waste your important time in just looking out for things like pencil, keys, remote etc. around your house, then this article is perfect for you. The technology giant Microsoft recently gave a demo of a tech with which one can find their things like pen, pencil, keys etc. around their house with just a click on their smartphone and save a lot of time as well. During the recently concluded Microsoft Build 2017 conference, this tech was unveiled, which is being considered as the real-world search engine. The annual conference for developers of Microsoft was held in Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. This sounds amazing that one could use this tech to find the important things easily at home, but when we talk about using this tech in hospitals and factories, it is purely a different case altogether.
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The best thing about this tech is that Microsoft conceived it by combining things that have been in the usage in the tech world for quite a while. This tech achieves the real time through the power of machine-learning powered image recognition and consumer grade cameras with the computing horsepower existing in the cloud to provide users the power to experience things as well as people in a room in actual time. In a simple manner, you can easily search through pointing a camera at it within a few seconds and there is no need of roaming around the place you think you kept last time helplessly. You have to feed your computer images of the house in order to make the Real-world search engine work for you.
The images you will feed of the things that you need to get recorded so that the computer can learn and understand what kind of things look like. This real-time search engine gives you the freedom to apply a structure of rules and triggers on top of the real world. For example, you can set rules like, only permanent employees can carry the Black file and if (Anna) is a permanent employee so she’ll be allowed to carry the Black file. As per the details revealed during the conference, one could set the limits to what kind of rules one can make are fairly random.
The tech giant Microsoft has completely ignored discussing the privacy risks that this app could create, like in any factory, hospital or any other private workplace. We accept the fact that this tech would benefit in making sure that no patient in the hospital ever collapses on a floor when they’re not in the sight of their caretakers like doctor/nurses or no trainee would be able to mess up with important drug medicines or equipment. But on the other hand, it will make very easy for any employee to know about how another employee spent their day down on the whole of their work time.
This would promote efficiency but if you see the larger image, then it could also end up leaking the private and important information about the employee like their interpersonal relationships or their health conditions, and that too with just a click of a button through your phone. This could be used for selfish interests like a spy as well. Talking about other risky use of this real-world search engine, it could be used in private places as well where it could result in many new issues in the society.
If the users started using Microsoft’s real-world search engine for spying or other live video feeds, then it will take just some seconds to search anyone and it would give the users god-like powers, which means we are producing a new today’s evil moreover in the society. It is one of the scary circumstances that might become true as well. Talking about the Demo of the tech, Microsoft was fixed onto the positive side of real-world search engine in their whole demo session, but we have to think about it that if this search engine becomes a huge success, then there are many methods through which it could be used for negative and selfish interests as well.
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