Information Technology Ethics Issues Article Summary
December 15, 2014
University of Phoenix
Learning Team B
Wearables with augmented reality are mind-blowing -- and an ethical nightmare.
Ethical risks posed by wearable technology, utilizing “AR” software. Companies like Google are straying away from the once popular Virtual Reality, in favor of what they are calling “Augmented Reality”, or AR. According to Merriam-Webster, AR is “an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device (as a smartphone camera); also: the technology used to create augmented reality.” (Merriam-Webster, n.d.) In order to “augment” our realities, these technologies are recording, storing, altering, and displaying information in real time. The information they use can be anything, but with products like Google Glass, wearable technology can now modify what and how we see objects, people, or data, in real time. The possibilities of this technology can transform, not only our perception of the items viewed through such objects, but our realities as a whole. Every person, place, or object becomes digitally interactive. We can look at something or someone and capture pictures or video, search for them on the internet, or use facial recognition to match their features to someone that you’ve previously viewed. These are actions that are possible, and practiced, today. The ethical issues that are brought to mind are abundant and daunting. Some of the most prominent ethical issues that will arise are:
How far can cross-device interaction go?
When and where can devices capture this data?
Is this data stored locally or shared?
What level of security will be provided the AR devices?
How will AR users be protected from breach?
Not too long ago, a...
References: Duggan, M., & Smith, A. (2013, December 30). Social media matrix. Retrieved from Pew Research Center: http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/12/30/social-media-matrix/
Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Dictionary: augmented reality. Retrieved from Merriam-Webster: an Encyclopedia Britannica Company: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/augmented%20reality
Statt, N. (2014, January 08). Wearables with augmented reality are mind-blowing -- and an ethical nightmare. Retrieved from CNET: http://www.cnet.com/news/wearables-with-augmented-reality-are-mind-blowing-and-an-ethical-nightmare/#ptlink.fid=5086&isc=1&did=bookmark.423d976a8f08ed546f2cc88c14438d3d22086fbf&ctp=article
Please join StudyMode to read the full document