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From Spy Glasses to the Metaverse

Facebook shifts the burden of privacy protections to the consumer once again

Facebook might have considered putting the on/off switch in a more visible location, so others nearby could tell if the glasses were set to “Ray” or “Ban” incoming images. This rendering is not overly serious.

It’s easy to criticize Facebook for its consumer “spy glasses,” officially sold as Ray-Ban Stories. It’s harder to know what to do about it, given how they’re racing to build their version of The Metaverse on the same broken ideas.

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Avi Bar-Zeev

Avi Bar-Zeev

XR Pioneer (30+ years), co-founded projects at Microsoft (HoloLens), Apple, Amazon, Keyhole (Google Earth), Linden Lab (Second Life), Disney (VR), XR Guild

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