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Apple and Facebook Are Coming for Your Face Next


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African-American young man wearing virtual reality headset

I worry about the sudden inevitability of face computersthat, as happened with smartphones, they could become ubiquitous before society begins to appreciate the way they might be altering everything.

People in tech have long been wondering what might succeed smartphones as the next dominant computing platform. For a long time, I've thought that phones would remain our primary computers for the foreseeable future. In the past few months, though, I've begun to face the fact that our faces are in trouble.

The face computer is coming—brace yourself for an onslaught of "smart" glasses, virtual-reality headsets, and other devices that connect your eyes to the digital world.

From The New York Times
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