Chapter 12

Personal Ethics

Abstract

This chapter discusses the potential for augmented reality technologies to corrupt the ethical and moral sensibilities of those who use them. As the “quantified self” movement deepens, individuals may become increasingly reliant on software to make ethical decisions for them, which promises to stunt individual’s own growth as mature adults. The secret information that AR users gain also gives users power, and creates temptations to use that power for selfish, destructive ends. Moreover, repeatedly experiencing negative content through AR media may habituate users in destructive and corrupting habits.

Keywords

Ethics
morals
personal responsibility
desensitization
muscle memory
habits
power
corruption

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