Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Feb 2013 12:18 UTC
Google Lucky bas... Joshua Topolsky got to use and test Google Glass. "Is it ready for everyone right now? Not really. Does the Glass team still have huge distance to cover in making the experience work just the way it should every time you use it? Definitely. But I walked away convinced that this wasn't just one of Google's weird flights of fancy. The more I used Glass the more it made sense to me; the more I wanted it. If the team had told me I could sign up to have my current glasses augmented with Glass technology, I would have put pen to paper (and money in their hands) right then and there. And it's that kind of stuff that will make the difference between this being a niche device for geeks and a product that everyone wants to experience. After a few hours with Glass, I've decided that the question is no longer 'if', but 'when?'" No wonder Google is going into retail. They need physical stores to sell this.
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RE[3]: Comment by gan17
by Doc Pain on Sat 23rd Feb 2013 16:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by gan17"
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"With the many security flaws and possible exploits of surveillance technology, combined with sousveillance technology run by "normal people", maybe Glass could be connected to those monitoring you?

Why would they need to do that? You are ALREADY being monitored at all times when you go anywhere even remotely public, there is simply no need to bother with using Google Glass for that.

That's right. I just wanted to point out that visual clues provided by a "Glass app" (not sure if that term even applies) could educate those who are interested in this information, regarding aspects of who is monitoring them, from where and how. With the increasing interconnection of services, the Glass could be a tool to "turn around" surveillance, i. e. you can now exactly determine who is responsible for invading your privacy, prbably even why this is. You can also connect this information to individuals (operatives in charge, owners of surveillance companies and so on) just as you as an individual are subject to surveillance.

Heck, even just your cell phone has access to much, much more lucrative stuff than can usually be learned from the camera or microphone.

Again you are fully correct. The only addition I'd like to make is that the Glass sees what you see, whereas the camera in the smartphone is covered when you're carrying it in a pocket. So the Glass would deliver a permanent video and audio stream, but probably nothing more.

But that was not the primary intention of my comment.

Allow me to be more specific:

For my daily work, I'd like to have a "Glass app" that tells me things about security which I'm concerned of, either because I'm "in charge" or I'm just interested in it from a personal point of view. View! Visual identification of objects will lead to their security specs, and in an interconnected world, remote processes could be launched for diagnostics. Example: I look at a customer's computer. Per location and other visual clues, its IP is determined, and a port scanner is run, as well as other tests. In the Glass, I can see the (poorly chosen) password and enter it "without knowing" it. Same goes for printers (as a nice carrier of spyware), banking terminals and other devices you'd like to know more about when you're concerned enough. The Glass could point you to locations of cameras so you can happily smile into that direction, giving your friendly government that you are all happy people enjoying all the care you pay for with your taxes.

Another application could be a "Glass app" that identifies faces of people I see and (in the interconnected world) obtain information from their Facebook and Twitter accounts and governmental records. In negotiations (e. g. for contracts and salaries) those informations could be very useful. I won't use the word "blackmail" here, but you get the idea. The Glass could be used to find something for my counterpart he should better have hidden, but because "everything is public" there's no reason to complain.

The advantage of having this information delivered per Glass (instead of per smartphone or per laptop) is that it is much less obvious for others. (Of course in a higher level security area I would not be allowed to wear it, but there are other options.)

From this imagination, you can easily conclude that the upcoming technology already made me totally insane. Must be the radiation. :-)

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