‘We’re running with scissors’: Why some experts worry about VR dangers

Virtual gaslighting, augmented torture

What if virtual reality wasn’t just a new way to play games or watch movies? What if the technology wasn’t just creating new methods of communication, of medical treatment, of military training?

What if virtual reality was used in the pursuit of mayhem?

Much has been said about the positives of technology that can reshape reality or even create a new one, but last month two respected academic researchers held a talk at South by Southwest in Austin to explore not just those positives, but also the potential negatives of reality technology.

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Ukraine’s military wants HoloLens helmets for its tank commanders

The AR headgear will give crews 360-degree views of their surroundings.

It’s not easy to see out of a tank (that’s the point) but in order to be effective on the battlefield, their crews need to know what’s going on around them. Modern tanks often have a variety cameras mounted to their exteriors to help the soldiers inside get a better view but crews still have to rely on monitors in the cabin to see out. However, a new HoloLens-enabled helmet from Limpid Armor can give tank commanders a better view of their surroundings just by turning their heads.

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