Augmentation is More Than Automation: It’s about expanding human capabilities.

People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, the real problem is they’re stupid and they’ve already taken over the world. 

 – Pedro Domingos

But, as the panelists agree, AI has a long road ahead before it will render our working lives unrecognizable. There’s been a huge amount of fear among the people, propagating the idea that in the near future human processes will be replaced with automation. Both augmentation and automation solutions are used to increase the productivity, accuracy and reliability of fulfilment of tasks.


However there’s a thin line between augmentation and automation. Complete automation may lead to reduced number of human employees as most of the work will be done by the machines. But what about the tasks that require judgement and indirect inferences to be deduced like- watching your neighbour and his pregnant wife rushing towards a car asking for help, a human can instantly  infer from that that  they may be up for a delivery and offer his help. But how is a machine supposed to understand this and take action immediately? Right now there are situations when automation is not the right thing to do but augmentation is always an option.


If you fear that machines are going to takeover the workplace know that augmentation is intended to be an ally, not a threat.

Augmentation is about expanding human capabilities without affecting overall employment. It’s about taking their capabilities beyond human to superhuman. It has been proved time and again that a combination of humans and machines will always be more powerful than either one of them individually.

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Augmentation In The Workplace

There’s no denying that deploying automation makes the work faster and cheaper. However excluding human intelligence from workplace processes removes valuable feedback.

By putting on an AR headset or wielding an AR-outfitted tablet or phone, workers can unveil new powers, like super speed, heat-sensing, X-ray vision and the ability to beam up experts instantly. In addition to that AR is  dramatically speeding up the design process, reducing the exhaustive work required to make physical prototypes and shortening the time to market.

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Augmented Future

Augmentation can create a drastic change in people’s lives and the way they percieve things. The following are some of the applications of augmentation.

1. Prosthetics

“We want it to be the window to the future what we are trying to do is change the prosthetics industry so we can offer affordable,functional and beautiful prosthetic devices to our peers.”

– Open Bionics

Open Bionics is a  UK based startup and a leading developer of low cost bionic hands. It creates advanced bionic hands for amputees using 3D scanning and 3D printing technology. It helps amputees to gain confidence and hey, what’s better than being able to feel your hands back again.

2. Google’s Tilt Brush

Paint from a new perspective. Google’s  Tilt Brush provides an amazing experience while you paint . It let’s you visualize different shapes and colors to make your art more creative.

People are hungry for more and more AR experiences. AR apps and games are a favourite pastime for people these days. The wonderful accessibility of AR most often requires no dedicated hardware beyond an ordinary smartphone.

Many would argue that AR is more useful, as well. Unlike VR, which takes the user into a virtual world, AR can help guide the user through real life. VR has scores of applications in specialized fields, but it is unlikely to ever be as critical to day-to-day activities as AR.

All of this means that there are some truly amazing things on the horizon for both enthusiasts and professionals in the AR field. Our augmented reality future is in our hands. And for our part, we are more than ready. From gaming to business to research, we may be entering a golden age for this technology.