You’ve probably already seen people walking around the street wearing these, what look like robotic futuristic glasses. I suppose they are, aren’t they?
As wearable technology goes, Google Glass is exciting. It’s the future at our doorstep. The fact that you can access the whole world from your very own eyeball is exciting but also worrying.
The main worry is the erosion of privacy. The main issue is that Google Glass wearers are able to take photos and share them instantly with Google. This sparks a whole new level of privacy concerns when taking pictures or videos; violating someone’s privacy.
Of course, most people wouldn’t take photos of other people, invading their privacy. However as we have noticed from the end of this smartphone era, is that privacy concerns are already peaking. Google Glass is just going to make the problem overflow.
It’s not so much photos being the main topic of discussion as far as privacy is concerned, but mainly the use of video. People using Google Glass will be able to see other people in the ‘Google Hangout’ and see where they are going and what they are doing.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, thinks new rules of etiquette will evolve regarding how Glass would be used. “The fact of the matter is we’ll have to develop some new social etiquette,” Schmidt told the BBC recently.
“It’s obviously not appropriate to wear these glasses in situations where recording is not correct, and indeed you have this problem already with phones,” Schmidt said.
Google has pointed out that all they are doing is making video capturing more accessible. They say that Google Glass is no different to a smartphone when it comes to privacy.
What do you think? Is it just a question of accessibility, or is it a development on invading our privacy?