The most successful tech giant on this planet secures $480 million HoloLens contacts from US army. Artificial intelligence is the most debated topic in the last few years. Everyone is curious how will be the impact of artificial intelligence on your future humanity.
Microsoft is preparing its HoloLens augmented reality tech for combat. The company just won $480 million military contracts with the US government. Competition was very high among various tech companies for getting the government projects. Meanwhile, Microsoft beat out other leading augmented reality headset companies like Magic Leap which announced that it would be joining the bidding process back in the last few months.
The military contract bid was perhaps a bit more of a starch for the company, which has previously maintained that its company efforts are focused centrally on consumers. The startup has only released its first development kit, while Microsoft tech has been in developer’s hands for more than two years.
Microsoft has had the upper hand, focusing primarily on enterprises markets, unlike Magic Leap, which has focused on the barely-existent consumer market.
How this technology will boost up the US Army and ethical controversy?
This latest augmented reality technology will provide troops with more and better information to make decisions. This new work will extend the longstanding trusted relationship with the Department of Defense. In the description of the program, the Army will use this handsets top increase the lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy.
Hollins is already seen plenty of use in enterprise scenarios often assisting in manufacturing, as well as design and medical industries.
The deal comes as big tech companies work with the US military has raised questions among their employees into the ethicacy of supplying technology that will be used in warfare. In the last month, Google walked away from bidding a huge Defense Department project because of employee objections to the company prior’s involvement with project Maven and the possibility that the project may not align with Google principles for ethical use of artificial intelligence.
The legal chief of Microsoft, Brad Smith defended the company, bidding on the same project, which involves moving massive amounts of Pentagon internal processing power to a commercial operated cloud system.
It is pretty obvious, Microsoft wouldn’t just be planning to take what it’s been selling to factory workers and put onto a battlefield, but the system requirements outlined in the contact already seem to eclipse what the current generations HoloLens optics are capable of. The head-worn device would specifically track weapons and allow soldiers to see a simulated fire from their real weapons while offering training with weapons like Javelin missile systems in a completely simulated environment.
Microsoft would be expected to provide at least 2,500 units of the headset to the military branch within the next two years. According to the Bloomberg news report, the military-grade headsets would vary extensively from the existing HoloLens design. They would add some thermal sensing and night vision and be used in both pieces of training and on the battlefield.
These are all just early frameworks, but now Microsoft will be developing technologies that keep the US military at the top of augmented reality tech, something that will probably be a boon to their enterprise-focused solutions as well.
Johnny Morgan here as an experienced technical writer at Aegis Infoways since more than 5 years. I like to write technical articles especially for CRM, .Net, Hadoop, Java and Microsoft Dynamics 365.