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XR Ethics

The medium of XR (VR/AR/MR) is dependent and progressively enhanced by an interplay of various tracking technologies.

I am observing the XR device industry taking a path towards controller free input. Eye, facial and hand/body gesture tracking are becoming built-in, mainstream features. This means these devices are becoming intimately connected to our human bodies, able to capture intentional and unintentional motion and behavioral metrics.

When all barriers between human and machine disappear, we will ultimately lose the decision power to “put down the controller” and switch off – We, our bodies, turn into input devices and the software will read us from the moment we put on our XR headset.

Created by Roland Dubois. Inspiration for this diagram: tech trend article by Deloitte (2016)

EEG sensors and brain-computer interface (BCI) technology may accelerate the exposure of trackable data from our bodies. A thought or an intention may easily become synonymous with action. This raises many ethical questions regarding the blurring of intent and action through technology, what tracking methods deserve the user’s consent, what layers of control should be owned by the user, and where we see XR technology going.

This collection of research papers, books, articles, podcasts, and videos are resources that talk about XR Engineering Ethics & Neuroethics.

Ethics in XR content creation and the ethical codes that engineers/makers of XR enabling technology have subscribed to.

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Studies & Research Papers


Codes of Ethics