Google Glass: Why it scares academics and lawmakers

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 31, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    "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.

  • Gregg Weber SEATTLE, WA
    March 30, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    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.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    March 29, 2013 5:31 p.m.

    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-am-I South Jordan, UT
    March 29, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    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 use it.

  • elaz orem, UT
    March 29, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    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.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    March 29, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    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.

  • bricha lehi, ut
    March 29, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Finally people wont think I am crazy as I walk down the street talking to myself! :)

    March 29, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    conversely, yarrlydarb, my gadgets treat me much better than most people do.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    March 29, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    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...

  • SillyRabbit Layton, 00
    March 29, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    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.

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    March 29, 2013 6:13 a.m.

    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 level.

  • annewandering oakley, idaho
    March 28, 2013 11:03 p.m.

    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?

  • skiddly Herriman , UT
    March 28, 2013 9:24 p.m.

    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.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    March 28, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    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.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    March 28, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    That's the problem, Schawa; that is, treating people worse than we treat objects.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    March 28, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    I like my gadgets more than other humans. People are jerks.