Nowadays there are so many acronyms and phrases to describe the abundance of new technology that we have available to us, that it’s hard to keep on top of what’s what.

You cannot deny that AI and VR are going to have a major impact on the future and how we use technology, but if you’re still getting your head around these technologies it can be hard to understand the difference between the two.

If we want to use these technologies in the future, whether in business or in our day to day life, then it’s important that we understand them.

So what tech does what exactly?

What is AI?

Firstly AI is the acronym for Artificial Intelligence (sometimes referred to as machine intelligence) and is defined as intelligent machines that can act or work as a human being. For example, a machine with an AI system should be able to resolve a problem without human intervention.

Things such as speech recognition through sensory, problem-solving, and learning are just some features that a machine with an AI system could do.

What is VR?

Virtual Reality, known as VR, is a technology that creates a simulated environment and places the user inside of a specific experience. Rather than simply looking at a screen, users become immersed in 3D worlds and are able to interact with the experience around them

VR creates an artificial environment for the user by creating sensory experiences with visual elements and different sounds. For example, VR headsets could be used to make the user feel like they are abroad in another country, or even as though they are watching a football match in the real-life stadium.

While the technology still needs to be developed further and nuanced, it is a great way of creating realistic experiences for the user without them having to leave the comfort of their home.

The future of AI and VR?

As daily advances are made in new technologies, and particularly in AI and VR, there’s no doubt that they will have a big role to play in the future. It’s clear that these technologies will totally change our everyday lives and how we run businesses. Areas such as healthcare, education, training and transport are just a few of the areas we expect these technologies to make a big impact on.