Virtual Reality: Ethical Challenges and Dangers [Opinion]

Ben Kenwright*

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According to Moore's Law, there is a correlation between technological advancement and social and ethical impacts [13]. Many advances, such as quantum computing [22], 3D-printing [11], flexible transparent screens [1], and breakthroughs in machine learning and artificial intelligence [17] have social impacts. One area that introduces a new dimension of ethical concerns is virtual reality (VR). VR continues to develop novel applications beyond simple entertainment, due to the increasing availability of VR technologies and the intense immersive experience. While the potential advantages of virtual reality are limitless, there has been much debate about the ethical complexities that this new technology presents [9], [19]. Potential ethical implications of VR include physiological and cognitive impacts and behavioral and social dynamics. Identifying and managing procedures to address emerging ethical issues will happen not only through regulations and laws (e.g., government and institutional approval), but also through ethics-in-practice (respect, care, morals, and education).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-25
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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