AR and AI Can Give Humans 'Dangerous Superpowers,' Says Researcher

Augmented reality (AR) combined with artificial intelligence (AI) could give people "superpowers" by using computer vision.


 Futurists believe that it is possible to detect lies and "read" people's emotions with this new technology.

This controversial statement comes from Devin Liddell, a Futurist at Teague, in an exclusive interview with He stated that computer vision systems embedded in headphones or glasses can capture emotional cues that human eyes and instincts cannot see.

The technology would allow, for example, a couple to see if one of them is lying, determine if someone is sexually aroused, or even identify a dishonest politician.

Could augmented reality provide people with mental superpowers using computer vision? Additionally, can it analyze the emotional signals of other people?

Liddell stated that as augmented reality "merges" with artificial intelligence, people gain sensory superpowers that "transform the social landscape."

He described this as a "backchannel" - a term commonly used to describe discussions that are not made public and that can, for example, give people an advantage in negotiations.

The researcher expects a "convergence of computer vision technologies with artificial intelligence and consumer wearables" in the coming years.

"Users will be able to discern all sorts of physiological and psychological data about other people," said Liddell.

"Combined with AI, this gives people a constant backchannel about the people they are interacting with at the moment."

The futurist believes that glasses could silently provide information that can give people an advantage in everything from politics to romantic relationships.

Controversy arises regarding the technology. AI is already showing promise in "reading" people's emotions, with companies like Zoom introducing "sentiment analysis" in pilot products - where machines interpret what people feel and say based on their expressions.

The technology is controversial. Microsoft discontinued an "emotion reading" feature in its Azure Face software due to "lack of scientific consensus" and privacy concerns.

Liddell believes that these perceptual "superpowers" will allow people to perceive everything from hidden diseases to mental issues - and they will be fully utilized.

The power of the technology will lead to bans, says Liddell.

"There will be attempts to prohibit its use because of serious abuses. Think of customs officers denying entry to travelers with mental illnesses and unscrupulous employers excluding less healthy candidates from their selection processes," he continued.

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