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Ethics Manufacturing Augmented Reality
04.03.2023

Ethical Considerations of Using Augmented Reality in Industrial Manufacturing

Introduction

Augmented reality can be used to train workers in hazardous environments, such as oil rigs or chemical plants, but this also raises concerns about the use of the technology in a way that can put workers at greater risk. For example, a worker using an AR device to access information while operating heavy machinery could be more likely to make a mistake or overlook a potential hazard.

How to Ensure Safety in Your Company

It is well known that augmented reality has the potential to improve safety in a number of ways in dangerous or high-risk industries. However, there are also a lot of risks involved in implementing such a new technology. Companies should be aware of the potential risks and take steps to mitigate them.

To mitigate these risks, companies need to ensure that workers are properly trained and are aware of the potential hazards associated with its use. 

After all, just having a new technology does not ensure safety alone. Train them! Make them aware of the potential distractions and decreased situational awareness which could result from using such devices. Provide them with the necessary education to stay safe when using augmented reality. 

A Matter of Ethics

Additionally, it is important to balance the benefits of AR technology with the potential risks. You need to ensure that the technology is used in a responsible and ethical manner. What do we mean? Let’s consider the following areas:

  • Information security: As workers use AR devices to access and share information, there is a risk that sensitive data may be compromised. When you are considering an augmented reality solution, make sure that the data is securely stored on a server you trust.
  • Job displacement: Nobody likes to be replaced but it happens all the time, especially when new technology is being implemented in companies. With a new technology like augmented reality, there is a risk that some jobs may become obsolete. It is important to train workers accordingly and sow, that augmented reality needs the human component to work.
  • Worker’s health: As workers use AR devices, there is a risk of eye strain, headaches, and other negative effects on physical and mental well-being. You want to keep your workers working and therefore should make sure that AR devices are designed with ergonomics in mind, and that employees are trained on proper use and safety procedures.

Keep in mind that these ethical considerations are not exhaustive and that new ethical issues may arise as the technology evolves. If you want to stay in touch or find out more, contact VIEWAR below:

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