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Augmented-Reality Racism


Evan Selinger


The Atlantic

December 17, 2012

The tech world is brimming with optimism for our augmented-reality future. But what will happen when flawed, prejudiced people get their hands on these tools?


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Posted by jasoncstone  on  12/18  at  05:14 AM

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Posted by perew  on  12/18  at  07:34 AM

I do understand your concern.  Ideally we will all live in a way that is rich in diversity and we enjoy all of the manifestations of humanity that are available to us.  Yet, most of us do choose to live in ways that reaffirm our assumptions and biases, rather than challenge them.

I wonder if Augmented Reality could help us experience diversity at a deeper level, beyond skin color or speech patterns or whatever external criteria we use to filter people?  Could we get to know people for their ideas and actions instead of those filtering criteria?  Dare I ask, could we get to know people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin?

Then, when the goggles come off, we are faced with the truly enhanced reality that people, good people, loving and lovable people, people with whom we can identify, come in all colors, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds?

Perhaps that might be a path beyond racism?






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