The Metaverse, real-world and its correlation

Ahead of the mass production of HMDs I’m pleased to see the consolidation of old terms (AR, VR, AR Cloud, XR, virtual games etc.) into one — Metaverse. It was difficult to explain to third parties the differences and similarities between all these industries earlier but semantic integration into one universal sphere should now increase the capitalization of all players.

I would like to draw your attention to one aspect, ignoring which could lead the Metaverse industry to big problems in the near future. Continue reading “The Metaverse, real-world and its correlation”

How Technologies are going to change the Nature of Power

Let’s figure out how technologies are going to change the nature of power and of political leverage in the coming period of 3 to 7 years.

Today, we are getting more and more “AI advocates” blow their trumpets from all over about the coming era of cyberpunk and singularity. Yet, if you look around you see that we are far from living in the world featured in Matrix, Back to the Future, or Star Wars. Continue reading “How Technologies are going to change the Nature of Power”

How to manage “AI” development and R&D team in big corporations without “casting spells” and “doing rain dances”?

As my main work is related to AI and brains for robots, (http://augmentedpixels.com) and I write in a blog about AI use cases in different industries, some big corporations involved in traditional industries ask me to help them solve problems with their AI research & development.

Usually, these problems are related to “over-budgeting” of R&D or issues with goal setting, or inefficient management in R&D teams.

Here are the most common issues and takeaways from my experience: Continue reading “How to manage “AI” development and R&D team in big corporations without “casting spells” and “doing rain dances”?”

When do robotics and drones companies stop failing?

Since the 90s I am a big fan of robotics, and I become very upset when companies producing robots fail.

For the last three years a few reputable companies that I liked a lot “left the market” (Anki, etc.).

As my company licenses SLAM for robotics and AR/VR glasses developers, I understand the market from the inside and will allow myself in this article some thoughts about system problems and necessary changes in the market that may change the situation.

Why do cool robotics companies fail? Continue reading “When do robotics and drones companies stop failing?”

M&A of a tech start-up: How to resolve the conflict of interests between investors and technology co-founders?

For the last 4 years, I was involved in various roles in 5 processes of M&A of technology startups.

Every time I observed the same conflict of interests between investors and a core tech team/co-founders because in every technology startup there are 3 groups of stakeholders with different interests:
1. Investors;
2. Investment banker, legal and accounting teams;
3. Co-founders/technology team who developed the core IP that is the subject of acquisition.
Continue reading “M&A of a tech start-up: How to resolve the conflict of interests between investors and technology co-founders?”

Computer Vision in Eastern Europe: Bunch of Cool Researchers & Engineers, but Lack of Big Challenging Projects

I live and run a business in Silicon Valley ( http://augmentedpixels.com – SLAM and CV for Robots and AR / VR, est. 2011), but since 2012 I spend a part of my time to the systematic development of CV / ML in Eastern Europe:

 – Since 2014 I have been holding a conference on Computer Vision and Machine Learning that gathers the largest community of  CV/ML Researchers and Engineers (more than 1700) – EECVC (web – http://eecvc.com);

 – With a group of activists we popularize CV/ML specialties, including active work on the opening of labs and majors in universities (MSc of computer vision, etc.).

– I manage a stealth community of angel investors from the United States interested in investing in CM / ML startups and cooperate with R&D centers in Eastern Europe;

After Amazon’s acquisition of Ring for 1 billion dollars with R&D office in Eastern Europe, the interest in opening R&D centers in this region rose significantly – everyone is impressed by the fact that Ring Labs could grow from 10 people to 500 (!!!!) in 2 years, which is almost impossible to do in Silicon Valley with the same level of new employees.  Continue reading “Computer Vision in Eastern Europe: Bunch of Cool Researchers & Engineers, but Lack of Big Challenging Projects”