My Issue with Google Glass

So I haven’t written a post on here in a good while, sorry about that. Been busy, yada yada.

Ok, so as you know I’ve been keeping tabs on the progress of Project Glass by Google, as its a pretty interesting concept, and has caused a divide in opinion for a number of reasons. Let’s look at the positives: judging from the utopian Google advert of Project Glass, the product looks awesome. It’s a real step forward in the world of instant communication and allows you to do everything your phone would let you do without having to take it out of your pocket when you need it. For fans of Iron Man, Glass is essentially your own personal Jarvis.

Now let’s look at the negatives, and what I feel will be the reality of Google Glass. First off, it’s going to be very expensive, so you can pretty much rule out getting a pair unless you can afford to stump up in excess of a grand for what is essentially a Bluetooth headset with a visual display and Siri built in. Second of all, I think that people wearing Glass will look about as cool as those who used to/still do wear Bluetooth headsets. Thirdly, Glass will label you as a pervert – this point I really want to focus on.

If you’ve seen the various parody videos, you’ll know what I’m talking about here. If not there’s one below if you want to see what I’m getting at. Using Glass when you’re talking to women will make you look like a weirdo, and those you’re talking to will always be wary of the fact that you could be recording the whole interaction. Let’s be honest, some people are going to record everything they see, regardless of their reasons for doing so (I doubt that most will be using it as an opportunity for studying human behaviour, at least not for the good of science).

The fact is, the ability to take photos and record videos of essentially everything you’re looking at in a fairly discrete way makes Google Glass a bit of a problem. It’s gives people a tool for breaching privacy, and as much as social media activity suggests these days, not everything in life needs to be documented.

I don’t know the stats, and I haven’t taken the time to look them up, but the average person (especially in a busy city) is caught on camera by CCTV or otherwise a lot every day, so you could be forgiven for thinking that being recorded by every Tom, Dick and Harry on the street as well is a little too intrusive. And then there’s that whole thing where you can spy on your friends by asking your glasses where they friends are… Having said that I don’t think stalkers would exactly be my first worry when Glass is released.

A little extreme I know, and this isn’t a dig at Google who have obviously made a very good product that has much better intentions than to invade the privacy of the public. I am however curious to know whether this does become an issue once the gadget is released next year.

It’d be great to know your thoughts on this, or on Google Glass in general. Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂


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