Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet: The Catalyst, The Glue and The Transit System

If the first few months are any indication, 2016 will be remembered amongst technologists as the year of Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). VR and AI have quickly reached Kardashian-esque levels, surrounded by a seemingly constant swirl of industry news, gossip and speculation. And with companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM, allocating countless dollars and resources to the mix, it’s hard to imagine this fever subsiding anytime soon. But for all that has been written about the technologies, and the profound singular impact each may have, very little attention has been focused on the implications of bringing VR, AI and the ubiquity of the Internet together. In my opinion, this trio of technologies will substantially accelerate the velocity of disintermediation we’ve witnessed over the last 20 years.…


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