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Experts Set to Meet with Fed Governments About Need for VR Ethics, More Research

March 24, 2017

Virtual worlds are coming for humanity and a group of researchers and technologists wants to make sure we’re ready when they arrive.

Next week, three top researchers in virtual reality, augmented reality and body computing are having an informal meeting with members of a government regulatory agency to kick off what they hope will be a conversation about the potential dangers of immersive technology and the need for more studies into the impact they might have on people.

“I see a lot of people in tech saying that they’re not responsible for this technology; they’re just developing it. That it’s up to society to figure out what’s safe, ethical and moral,” said Todd Richmond, who heads up the University of Southern California’s Mixed Reality Lab. “I say, ‘No.’ The development community needs to accept some responsibility and be part of the conversation.”

Read the full article on Polygon.