Virtual Reality Technology offers Great Risks as well as Great Rewards

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An advertisement for Manus Virtual Reality gloves and headset. Posted to Wikimedia commons by Manus VR.

Immersive virtual reality technology, once a concept limited to science-fiction, has made great strides in recent years. This technology may one day be “the next big thing” in areas like entertainment, education, and even healthcare.

As with all new technology, there is almost as much potential for harm as there is for growth. But is the potential for harm enough to outweigh the benefits?

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Wearable Technology, Wearable “Surveillance”

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A Google Glass User. Posted to Wikimedia Commons Loic Le Meur

Technological advances have given rise to “wearable technology,” which includes small, lightweight devices that can be attached to clothes or worn. An example is one of Google’s newer products, Google Glass, which displays information from smartphones on a pair of glasses.

This technology is the wave of the future, but it comes with serious ethical dilemmas and potential problems.

Is it worth the technological advancement?

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