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The Ten Commandments for Responsible Augmented Reality

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Augmented reality (AR) brings us into a new phase in the information society, whereby the virtual domain spills over into the physical domain. Precisely because of the direct link between AR and the physical world, the technology raises new ethical and societal issues. In this paper, we highlight the main developments in AR that put pressure on seven public values from our analysis of the scientific literature: privacy, safety, autonomy, balance of power, human dignity, justice, and rights over augmented space. Furthermore, in order to safeguard these public values, we formulate ten rules to shape AR in a socially and ethically responsible way. These rules should form the point of departure for the drafting of governmental policy for a livable hybrid world.


  • Augmented reality
  • Ethics
  • Disruptive technology

This article is based on research done at the Rathenau Instituut [19] and Eindhoven University of Technology.

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Royakkers, L., Snijders, D., van Est, R. (2022). The Ten Commandments for Responsible Augmented Reality. In: de Paz Santana, J.F., de la Iglesia, D.H., López Rivero, A.J. (eds) New Trends in Disruptive Technologies, Tech Ethics and Artificial Intelligence. DiTTEt 2021. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1410. Springer, Cham.

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