This is an XR Ethics Manifesto that I presented at Greenlight’s XR Strategy Conference on October 18, 2019. This is the culmination of seven focused months of panel discussions, interviews, and talks exploring many of the nuances of ethics and privacy in virtual and augmented reality. It’s a distillation of my talk that I gave at AWE on the ethical & moral dilemmas of mixed reality, and I also started to draw up more of a prescriptive ethical framework that gives an ideal vision for a number of different contexts. It’s impossible to implement a perfect solution as there are often tradeoffs with other principles, which is what makes privacy engineering such a difficult discipline to work in, especially when the harms caused are operating at a collective level that have many other cultural, economic, and legal inputs. And this talk will hopefully be the start of a conversation to further refine these ethical principles, and expand them as the technologies continue to rapidly evolve and change.
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