IC20-016 The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Extended Reality (PDF)
The growing prevalence of augmented and virtual environments is set to extend our collective human cognizance. Our sense of physical identity, time, and the agency will become subject to entirely new paradigms, where the gateways to these experiences might be controlled by interests other than that of ordinary citizens. The autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS) backbone enabling real-time personalization of any end-users’ Extended Reality (XR) world raises a host of ethical and philosophical questions about the collection, control, and exploitation of user data within these ecosystems. As these capabilities move from external headsets into much more subtle, integrated sensory enhancements (and embedded or implanted devices) the stakes can become perilous.
The goal of this Industry Connections group is to continue and proliferate the existing efforts of The IEEE Standards Association focused on the ethical issues related to Extended Reality as outlined in the Extended Reality Chapter of Ethically Aligned Design while inviting Working Group members from the multiple Standards Working Groups focused on augmented and virtual reality and the spatial web and additional subject matter experts from industry and policy to create white papers, workshops, and PARs related to this work to ensure these technologies move from “perilous” to “purposeful.”