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Arno Froese

Facebook has unveiled a virtual-reality (VR) wristband that will be used to control its forthcoming augmented-reality glasses.

The wristband interprets the user’s hand movements via a cluster of sensors that detect motor-nerve signals. 

Users will navigate by touching their index finger and thumb together to perform a “click” on the device.

Facebook says its system will be able to adapt to the individual behaviors of its users by using machine learning to predict their likes, dislikes and other interests, in real time. 

“The system learns something about your location and key objects, like your running shoes or activity recognition,” Facebook’s Reality Labs research science manager Tanya Jonker said.

ProPrivacy digital expert Ray Walsh said consumers must make sure to stay informed about how much of their data was being shared with the company, as the technology began to expand into the mainstream. 

“The opportunity to exploit people’s eye movements and nerve impulses to detect whether they are interested in content offers endless potential for surveillance capitalism,” he told BBC News. 

“Legislators should look closely at the legality of this new data collection and subsequent usage to ensure that consumers are adequately protected.”

Facebook has been working on its plans for its VR platform for years.

The company first showed its interest in the technology as early as 2014, when it bought VR start-up Oculus.

Now, nearly 10,000 of its 50,000 employees work in its Reality Labs division.

And boss Mark Zuckerburg says VR will be commonplace by 2030.

Facebook’s rivals, including Apple and Google, are believed to be working on similar augmented-reality products. 

-www.bbc.com, 22 March 2021

Arno's Commentary

The statement, “Legislators should look closely at the legality of this new data collection,” is dubious. The problem is that legislators have no experience with these new devices and data-collecting technologies. Yet, these things develop and are implemented very rapidly. Subsequently, global legal guidelines will have to be established. That will cause an even greater problem because of the diversity of culture, tradition, economic/political convictions, and religion. But that too will be overcome in time.

Right now, there is an immense volume of data being collected when you buy something online, read the news, or research a certain subject. All is stored, and merchandisers will make full use of it regardless of legislation. Progress will always have the upper hand. All our private activities are being stored, analyzed, and ready to be used by merchandisers or political opportunists.

How are we to act in view of these developments? Philippians 1:6 gives us the guideline: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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