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Augmented Reality Security – the Cons (Part 3)

by Beth Divine 3 Aug 2018

Society is moving to a place where we are constantly monitored and watched, with electronic eye-witnesses accepted more or less as standard in public places. However, there are issues with placing too much reliance on such systems for one simple reason: people!

Wherever you have reliance on computer systems, there is going to be a risk of hackers. This is a fairly universal problem – any invention that can be subverted for someone else’s gain will be, the scale of the crime only dependant on the imagination, daring and time investment of the criminal. In short, how far will they go to get their hands on your money, information or precious objects – further than you might think, is the short answer!

But, returning to the idea of augmented reality security, it is quite possible, using current technology, to put someone into or take someone out of recorded footage. This means that the ‘cast iron’ proof of someone’s whereabouts is not as inviolable as previously assumed. There are ways to see if footage has been tampered with, but the process of crime and detection is always fluid, with criminals thinking up new ways to commit crimes, and detectives hard on their heels, inventing new ways to prevent or stop them.

It is quite feasible that as the technology is invented that allows us to ‘see’ people’s memories, that more technology will be invented to block or erase those memories. This erasure could be deliberately done by the criminal to hide proof of their crimes, or unwittingly to witnesses so that they cannot testify against criminals.

If this ‘photoshop for the brain’ is invented, it could give rise to a whole new form of mental illness. Can you trust your own, flesh-based memory if augmented reality chip’s recording capability has been altered or corrupted. Not being able to trust one’s own thoughts, not knowing if their memories are true or if they have been implanted, could lead to severe identity complexes and give rise to new forms of anxiety, depression and uncertainty.

In a world that seeks justice for all, privacy for none is too high a price to pay as it comes with a hefty price tag on the human psyche.