I’ve been talking a lot about Augmented Reality lately and I find this video from BMW research particularly interesting.
What the video below (You Tube clip) and then have a read of my comments below the clip:
I find the video interesting because if indicates to me that potentially in the not to distant future we may need less skilled people to carry out the same jobs that currently need highly skilled and trained professionals for. This has of course not different to the past and has been in fact a recurring theme throughout history.
The video demonstrates that the car is plugged into the computer. The computer tells the person what is wrong with the car. Then the person puts on a pair of Augmented Reality (AR) glasses and is taken through the steps of how to fix the problem. The steps include safety information and opportunities to practice before the person changes the parts and fits the new ones. Finally the car is plugged back into the computer and the person is told if it has been fixed or not.
AR and other technology turns what potentially used to be a complex task into something that most people could do. Notice I used the word 'person' rather than 'mechanic' thoughout my description of the video.
I wonder where all of this is going?