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Does mixed reality have a Cassandra Complex?

Finnegan, Daniel, Zoumpoulaki, Alexia and Eslambolchilar, Parisa 2021. Does mixed reality have a Cassandra Complex? Frontiers in Virtual Reality 2 , 673547. 10.3389/frvir.2021.673547

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Recent years have seen a boom in Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality technologies which have been widely adopted both by the consumer market and the research community. These technologies have provided researchers the ability to generate and gather data in new ways, through world building and scenario creation in every environment imagined. Although this growing interest is exciting, there is also a mounting concern about best practises and ethical dilemmas. In the literature one can already find a large quantity of papers providing guidelines and raising ethical concerns. However, ethical pitfalls continue to be overlooked. In this opinion paper, prompted by the ethics developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI), another area with rapid growth and adoption which has been overwhelmed by a huge number of guidelines and is still nowhere close to universal acceptance of standards, we propose that the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality research and development areas need to come together as whole; involving government, industry and science in order to define, develop and decide guidelines and strategies before we replicate the devastating consequences such as decaying trust in technology witnessed in other areas like social media.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Additional Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY)
ISSN: 2673-4192
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 May 2021
Date of Acceptance: 30 April 2021
Last Modified: 21 May 2021 14:30

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