We just talked about the “google glasses” last class, and this was the first time i have heard of these. When i heard about them in class and saw the adveritsement that we showed, my thoughts immediately went back to the movie Ironman. He has a system very similar in his suite in the movie. While this concept i think is very cool and crazy, I can’t help but be a little worried that google may have gone to far with this one.
When I looked up google glasses on google the most popular article that came up was this, an article making a very good point that we have discussed a lot in class, and that is the major controversy of privacy and the internet. When i thought of the topic of privacy in relation to this big new thing, the google glasses, it made me realize how big this problem could get. With technology advancing so much in such a little time, this is inevitablly is going to be the future of the internet, phones, communication, and social media.
I personally am astonished at what google, apple, and other companies are coming up with. I cannot say that i am not looking forward to things like this, I absolutely love technology such as ipads, tvs, computers, phones, and many other things and think that these glasses are potentially a major addition to the technology world. However, no matter how helpful or cool these new glasses may be, privacy still an issue. Do we really want google being able to access everything that we see? After contemplating this, i realized that with integrating these glasses with our lives at such a level would be basically giving google access to most of our lives. This would be substantially more than what we are giving to google now. Is google going to be able to track everywhere we have been, everything we say, and everything we have done now??
This quote pretty much sums up my reaction: “To be honest, when I first saw the Google Glasses video I thought that was really cool,” he said. “But a moment later, I thought, ‘Oh God, there are some very serious implications in terms of privacy and data mining.’”
The article says that it is unclear so far how google will deal with this, and what they will ultimately use these glasses for, but i can’t but be a little skeptical. While I guarantee people will still use these glasses if and when they come out regardless of what some may say, I think that we should exercise caution and think long and hard about what we are doing before we dive into this cool new thing.