"Users could be charged for each page of a book they look at."

Augmented reality turns very Big Brother

#Privacy

Fri, Oct 28th, 2016 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

While a VR headset could make games and sex that much more fun, Tech in Asia looks at the Orwellian-vision found in Magic Leap's "preposterously lengthy patent application," which wishes to use the device from surveillance, glance-based charges, all the way to mind control.

Straight-up mind control: I swear to god, this is right there in the patent filings, item number 1633: “There may be other applications of using light signals that are projected into the retina. This light therapy may further be used in psychological applications, and subtly controlling brain signals to change the user’s thoughts or impulses.”

Granted, it’s not clear how much of this is still aspirational at this point, but the application suggests that Magic Leap could take us in some pretty creepy directions, at least for those who value their privacy, or even just the sovereignty of their thoughts.

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