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Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Re-Enchantment

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There has recently been a surge of development in augmented reality (AR) technologies that has led to an ecosystem of hardware and software for AR, which includes tools for artists and designers to accelerate the design of AR content and experiences without requiring complex programming. AR is therefore viewed as a key “disruptive technology” and future display technologies (such as digital eyewear) aim to provide seamless continuity between reality and the digitally augmented. This paper will begin with an overview of recent technological advances in virtual reality and augmented reality that have led to new hopes for the future of these technologies, followed by discussion on philosophical and sociological entailments.

Finally, this paper will argue that enchantment has been a persistent background throughout the formation of modernity and is being rekindled by the integration of AI in the plane of AR. The technologisation of human perception and experience of reality, coupled with the development of AI based natural language assistants, may therefore lead to a re-enchantment of the world, where human life becomes shaped by AR inhabited by advanced personal and social AI agents in the form of digital avatars and daemons.

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