"Of course no one will need to know anything if you can just google
everything..."I see this kind of comment a lot. What is so
wrong with having access to world of information? No longer is information
something held by those who selectively have access.... now anyone can
"know". I see no problem with Wikipedia or Google or anything else that
brings knowledge to anyone who cares enough to seek it out.As to the
privacy thing.... that is a battle long lost. You phones tells the service
provider who you like, where you go, how long you go there... and if you have a
smart phone, what you like. Your set top boxes report back what shows you
watch, how long you watch them, and what commercials you will watch. We have
invited industries eyes and ears into out lives, and pay them for the privilege
of our sharing our lives with them.It just is what it is. Neither
good, nor necessarily bad. It's just a change. These glasses are just an
extension of that change.
A problem of not having evidence of some crime you see can be stopped with such
a device that you control. It is like a memory but you can display to others
what you see. This is good in police brutality disputes among others. Is there
audio?That is dependent on technology increasing to the point that false
evidence can be introduced. A quick primer on that might be the original Star
Trek episode "Court Martial" Season 1 Episode 20.
What will be the problem is that, while it could be a help to vision problems,
first off, of all kinds, that haven't found possibilities for help yet, it
could also be worse than cameras and minicams in cellphones and other small
devices when it comes to recording pix and videos without consent, and the
attendant legal problems, not to mention human tragedies involved. Will there be
a "no inter-glass" (or whatever the name will be) rule involved, and if
there is a medical purpose found in similar technology as this develops, how is
that teased out from the less benign usage of these glasses? Should the company
perhaps look into this before putting its product out on the market? A socially
responsible premarket behavior would truly be refreshing.
I'm still waiting for the day that we don't need the glasses and the
brain receptors are manipulated to make us think that the internet is before our
eyes (so we won't have to wear the glasses). That will be pretty wild.
We'll be able to heal the blind and deaf and we'll be able to have all
the information of the internet tapped into our own brains. It's going to
be so convenient we'll all probably be too lazy to think up good ways to
It's ok to use drones to spy on unsuspecting citizens by the government.
But when it comes to politicians and academics saying something incriminating
and getting caught, thats unacceptable. Coming from a county that was
deteriorating from socialism, this pattern is way too familiar and if more
people don't wake up, we'll find a completely different county and
helpless to do anything about it.
This technology is going to be bring some problems with it. I can already
project the following:More distracted driving.Voyeurism, as
people use the glasses in places they shouldn't.Taking pictures and
videos of people without their consent or knowledge.I know some will
say that the glasses are too big and will be obvious to almost everyone;
however, there is no doubt they will get smaller, lighter and eventually look
like a common pair of spectacles.And while it is true; that
voyeurism is already illegal; where do we draw the line? And should people be
allowed to take a picture, and/or video of you, without your knowledge or
consent, even if you are in a public place?With all the kooks
running around, I hope sensible legislation can be crafted that will address the
above issues, while allowing the technology to move forward.
Finally people wont think I am crazy as I walk down the street talking to
conversely, yarrlydarb, my gadgets treat me much better than most people do.
I still have a hard time with the dude that keeps that bluetooth phone in their
ear and you think he's talking to you or to himself, but then isn't.
It's quite disorienting, I can only imagine how this will take it to a
whole new level. Of course no one will need to know anything if you
can just google everything...
That's right, time to spread the fear.If you would take the
time to search Sergey Brin's TED talk, you'll see that he advocates
getting away from the heads-down, staring-at-a-screen direction in which recent
technology has pointed us.The point of Google glass is to put the
world back in front of our human eyes. But since there's currently only one
company making this bold move, we'll see the same consumer revolution that
happened when the iPod, then the iPhone, was released.Namely, that
even the naysayers bought in.But, at $1500 a pop, maybe people will
finally reconsider the buying a luxury item for the sake of being Mr. or Mrs.
Jones.And lastly, what? Technology leads to impersonal relationships
leads to violence? Consider history and you are stating the obvious. But let me
submit that through technology, we have brought electricity, water, shelter,
communication, self-government, food, health, stability, and freedom, to the
impoverished, developing, and wealthy nations, as well.The violence
comes in the reaction to change, not the change itself. Let's teach our
children to be personable and perhaps they will be pioneers for improvement.
I get annoyed when I can't tell if the person behind the counter/desk is
talking to me or their headphone. Google Glass will take this to the next
The possibilities are awesome. It is going to happen. It doesnt make sense, at
this point anyway, that people wont see them being used. They arent exactly
hidden. I dont see any problems with them. Maybe I am not suspicious enough?
As soon as they look as cool as the bluetooth earpiece, I'm getting one.
If that doesn't draw in the babes, I'm out of ideas.
The last paragraph hits the nail squarely on the head. We are becoming an
impersonal society to the detriment of society. This will result in violence as
people no longer have coping skills to avoid conflict.
I can't wait until Google Glass comes out. I'm gonna buy it at release
and wear it everywhere I go. I'll finally feel like I'm living in the
future that science fiction always promised me.
That's the problem, Schawa; that is, treating people worse than we treat
I like my gadgets more than other humans. People are jerks.