Unresolved Issues Following the Launch of Apple Vision Pro Exposed

Unresolved Issues Following the Launch of Apple Vision Pro Exposed

Apple, always at the forefront of technological innovation, recently launched its latest creation, the Vision Pro lenses. This new device aims to completely reset all human interactions, not just as a trending development in the dynamic digital ecosystem.

The Vision Pro lenses are designed to merge everyday reality with the world of immersive virtual reality, awakening numerous dilemmas and reflections in the process.

Apple Vision Pro: An Overview and Functionality

The headset sells for $3,500 in the United States. (Photo: Bloomberg)

The Apple Vision Pro is a technological marvel in the realm of virtual reality. It allows users to interact with digital information superimposed on the real world. Equipped with advanced sensors and an intuitive interface, these devices are set to transform everyday activities, from education and work to entertainment and interpersonal relationships.

Once the lenses are worn, the user is immersed in an experience where information and applications float before their eyes, blending seamlessly into the physical environment.

Imagine attending a virtual international meeting where participants are holographically projected in a meeting room, all from the comfort of your living room. Attending classes or even watching sporting events from the front row are all possibilities within reach.

Legal Implications of Virtual and Augmented Reality Advancements

Users shared their experiences on the street or the subway on social networks.

From a legal perspective, the Apple Vision Pro requires a reconsideration of current laws on privacy, intellectual property, and bioethical responsibility. The blurred boundaries between real and virtual realities challenge traditional property notions. Furthermore, regulations on personal data collection and usage need to adapt quickly to protect individual rights in the upcoming virtual era.

The glasses’ ability to capture and process vast amounts of personal information raises pressing questions about online privacy and security. How can we ensure that data collection does not become a form of invasive surveillance? Additionally, the reliance on technology to mediate our interactions could erode our social skills, which questions the price of technological convenience.

Apple Vision Pro: Bioethical Dilemmas

The boundary between the real and the virtual is easily blurred. (Photo: Bloomberg)

This technological advancement carries tangible risks for the very essence of human interactions and experiences. In the future, the line between the real and the virtual could easily blur, leading to disruptive scenarios.

Firstly, we must consider the potential erosion of human subjectivism. In a world where experiences can be enhanced or entirely fabricated by technology, the value assigned to authentic experiences is threatened. Human subjectivism, the idea that individual perceptions and experiences define reality, could be undermined by technology-enhanced experiences that may lack genuineness.

Next, we need to address the imminent transformation of interactions. As face-to-face communication is supplemented, or in some cases replaced by augmented reality-mediated interactions, we must ask: What is lost in the process? The richness of human interactions, which includes not only verbal communication but also an endless array of non-verbal subtleties, could be compromised. This potential change poses a risk of deteriorating empathy and the depth of human connections as technology filters and modifies our connection with others.

Every innovation usually has its dark side, and these glasses could lead to isolation and dependency. The danger of increasing isolation arises when entering personalized virtual worlds. Users might find it more attractive to interact with idealized versions of reality or other people, leading to a preference for the virtual over the real. This dynamic could foster a dependence on technology for emotional and social satisfaction, weakening the ability to form and maintain meaningful bonds in the real world.

Another challenge brought by this innovation extends to personal autonomy. As advancements become more integrated into our lives, the ability to disconnect becomes a concern. The constant connectivity and flow of information can put relentless pressure on individuals, limiting their ability to set healthy boundaries between their personal life and technology.

We must also consider how this invention could interact with various biomedical themes, further expanding the discussion on ethical and legal dilemmas.

Constant exposure to augmented reality technologies could have significant implications for ocular and metabolic health. Prolonged use and exposure to screens can increase visual fatigue, which could exacerbate preexisting conditions like diabetic maculopathy, a complication of diabetes that affects vision. Additionally, intraocular pressure could be affected by the continued use of devices placed near the eyes, potentially aggravating conditions such as narrow-angle glaucoma, leading to an increased risk of vision loss.

This scenario, undoubtedly known to the creators, raises the question of whether the Apple Vision Pro and similar devices are designed primarily as tools to collect massive amounts of personal information, fueling the insatiable race of big data, instead of genuinely enriching human life. While the promise of quantum computing offers a future of unprecedented technological advances, the implementation of such technology through personal devices comes with not only technical but also ethical and public health challenges.

The concern that these devices may serve more as a means of collecting data instead of empowering tools for users highlights the need for careful scrutiny and specific regulations. These must ensure that technological innovation not only progresses at a dizzying pace but also aligns with the physical and mental well-being of individuals, thus protecting their rights and health.

The Apple Vision Pro, with all its potential to enrich the way we live and work, also requires us to face difficult questions about the future of our interactions and the very fabric of our society. As humanity moves towards this technologically enhanced future, it is crucial to maintain an interdisciplinary dialogue on how to shape a society that balances innovation and privacy, technology and humanity. This dialogue must include not only the creators of technology but also users, legislators, and ethics experts, working together to ensure that as we embrace the future, we do not lose sight of what makes us human.

The task before us is monumental, but it also represents an unprecedented opportunity to redefine the future of technology and its interaction with law and society. The question is, will we rise to the challenge?

*Lucas de Venezia is a lawyer, PhD student in Law, Specialist in Law and Artificial Intelligence, and a university professor. He is a member of the Ibero-American Federation of Law and Information Technology Associations (FIADI) and leads the Law area of the Argentine Society of Artificial Intelligence (SAIA).