Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan will host a new Indian show by an augmented reality UK company to highlight how computer vision can empower more than 750 million people globally who cannot read or write. AmbarishMitra,an ARpioneer who was namedUK Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2016 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017, will appear onthe new showhosted by Shah Rukh Khan. "This show is helping Indians think about the world around them in a completely different way, in particular howdiverse ideas can interrelate and create something brand- new.
It highlights howsuccessful ideas demand not only technical excellence, but a willingness to be creative and challenge convention," said Mitra. "I hope that this showinspires the next generation of Indians to explore opportunities and careers that they may not have known ever existed, to dream big and ultimately create a better tomorrow," he said. Mitra, born and raised in India, was inspired to create his firm Blippar whensitting in apubin the UK. He jokedtoafriend about how incredible it would be if the Queen of England could come to life from a 20-pound banknote. His friend and co-founder, Omar, made the first prototype and out of this throwaway remark Blippar was born in 2011. The companyspecialises in AR and computer vision, a cutting-edge field within artificial intelligence (AI) that understands sightand enables computers to see, identify and process images in the same way that human vision does, andthen provide appropriate output. Harnessing these technologies,Blipparclaims to have built an entiresuite of toolsand products thatbridge the physical and the digitalworld, pushthe boundaries of visual search andallowanyone to take advantage of these technologies on their own. Launchedon December 10, 'TED Talks India: Nayi Soch'is the first foreign TV series from TED, the media organisation made famous for its viral 18-minute talks. Each episode sees Shah Rukh Khan introduce an inspirational speaker and thought leader who is tapping into emerging trends andhelpingspread new ideas. TED is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and the speakers are key influencers in these fields globally. "This is one of myfavouriteplaces for inspiration and ideas, to understand the world around me and to understand myself too. As the host of TED Talks India: Nayi Soch, I've pulled together a wonderful programme of speakers scientists, business leaders, artists and more in the TED tradition to share with you," said Khan. Among the gueststhat havealreadybeenfeatured includeGoogle CEO SundarPichai, who spoke ofhis vision for how India (and the world) can leverage tech to grow into its massive potential, andProfessor Manu Prakash, the physicist and inventorcreating low-cost scientific instruments thatyoung peoplecan use to explore real science themselves. Mitra, CEO & Co-Founder of Blippar, becomes the latest guest this week as an active private investor in the field of AR, AI, Genomics and Food-Tech.
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