The Creepy Side of Google Glasses

Ransom Canyon Texas Vogue Magazine Photo Shoot-croppedNoreena Hertz outlines her concerns about Google Glass (she calls them “Glasses” but the actual name assigned by Google is “Glass”) in the Wall Street Journal. Have any disinfonauts tried them yet? Thoughts?

…My concern, having tried on a pair of Google Glasses myself, and also seen Google’s own early marketing efforts, is that they’ll be more often “deployed” in a far less altruistic and far more intrusive way.

We’re already living in a world in which we’ve all got cameras to the ready via the smartphones in our pockets, so to a considerable extent we can already easily transform ourselves into paparazzi, as well as easily be paparazzi’s prey. But when I wore them I was taken aback at just how covert they allowed photography and filming to be.

All you have to do is whisper–“record” or “take a photo” or even just wink, and the moment, conversation, or exchange is captured with the subject of your filming left completely unaware, their consent never given.

No wonder hospitals, casinos and strip clubs have become bedfellows united in their declarations to ban them. Google even barred the glasses from its own shareholder meeting in June…

[full article in the Wall Street Journal]


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10 Comments on "The Creepy Side of Google Glasses"

  1. emperorreagan | Oct 24, 2013 at 10:20 am |

    So how much is the data plan to stream audio and video of everything I do to the NSA?

    • Google Glass has already been rooted and the firmware partly reverse engineered. I’d recommend contacting the person who started the effort and asking what he’s found so far.

  2. The price for the devkit is too high to warrant investing in right now. I’m waiting for the price to go sub-four digits before picking one up.

  3. KeepItToYourself | Oct 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm |

    Google’s already thought of everything…. just “don’t be evil” while using them.

  4. jasonpaulhayes | Oct 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm |

    Isn’t Google just a front company for the NSA anyway?

  5. Jake Witmer | Oct 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm |

    Because Google is agnostic about the value of government, but still complies with government requests, it trends toward an evil implementation of its technology. Does anyone here believe that the NSA, DEA, ATF, etc. won’t be able to use the data collected by google glass?

  6. i wonder if they could use it to prosecute a person for looking at child porn. they could have a scan of the exact eye that looked at the exact item.

  7. Bla bla bla | Oct 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm |

    “the subject of your filming left completely unaware”

    Until they actually ENGAGE their brain cells and realize, “Wow – that person has on Google Glass so could be recording me,” or maybe even, “Wow – even though that person has on Google Glass and could be recording me, so could any of the other thousands of cameras that are already in our everyday lives and have been for quite some time – some – in fact – for several decades upon decades.” Then, after their brain cells engage, and they think these thoughts, they’ll remember having read an article about a stupid Luddite who seemed shocked about it all like she had just woken up and crawled out from under a slimy rock where she’s kept herself for the last 60+ years.

  8. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Oct 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm |

    I wasn’t aware there was a non-creepy side.

  9. Bla bla bla | Oct 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm |

    Well, *I* for one, am SO spectacular that everyone SHOULD be recording everything I do.

    So there.

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