Oculus Rift is sending data back to Facebook
Several tech reports are now questioning if it is even possible to ensure one’s privacy on the device or if it would not be safer to invest in other similar products. As one editor of the online Magazine Geek writes: “Oculus joining Facebook may have secured them the funding they need for the future, but it’s the end users who end up paying. Not only for the kit, but with their privacy. PlayStation VR is looking increasingly like the better virtual reality option to this gamer.”
A virtual reality of data
Virtual reality devices and platforms that enhance our experience is the stuff of any tech developer or sci fi author’s dreams. The idea of logging into a virtual space that enhances our physicial experience and let you virtually travel through time and space and relate to other people and experiences. In 1984 the sci fi author William Gibson described a virtual reality data space, a “cyberspace”, called the Matrix that one could hook on to or even be expelled from. The development of the World Wide Web as we know it today, has been based on the idea of a connected cyberspace. The development of the Internet of Things, a physical reality increasingly connected and exchanging data, the same. The only thing missing is the actual experience. With new virtual reality devices we are expanding our data spaces even further. Experience is, so to speak, translated even further into data that extends us, that we act with, that acts on our behalf and that can be acted upon. The only difference from Gibson’s virtual reality is that the problem we are facing now is not that we might risk being expelled from the virtual data spaces or that we will not be able to hook up to them.
The problem will be to log out.
“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts… A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding…” ― William Gibson,