Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Apr 2013 17:14 UTC
Google Scoble on Glass. "This week I gave five speeches while wearing it. I passed through airports four times (two more in a couple of hours). I let hundreds of people try my Google Glass. I have barely taken it off since getting it other than to sleep." The basic takeaway? "I've been telling people that this reminds me of the Apple II, which I unboxed with my dad back in 1977. It was expensive. It didn't do much. But I knew my life had changed in a big way and would just get better and better. Already this week I've gotten a new RSS app, the New York Times App, and a Twitter app. With many more on the way. This is the most interesting new product since the iPhone and I don't say that lightly."
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What if (or rather when)
by shotsman on Sun 28th Apr 2013 12:28 UTC
shotsman
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(puts Grumpy Old man hat on)

According to some sites, Glass has already been hacked.
Ok, so Google can improve security but.... as we have seen with Android, not everything in the Android walled garden is very rosy.

So thinking ahead here, what happens when the hackers (sorry Ad men) get good at injecting adverts into all those Glass streams that people are viweing as the walk down the street? you know the ones related to the huge 60ft billboard you are just going to pass?
Then you have this huge captive audience for your advert. The admen will love it, saying ho cares about a few traffic accidents or people tripping over pavement edges, their TOC's will absolve them of any blame at all.

Gazing deeping into the Looking 'Glass', it does not take a genius to get to the point where the Glass users could be collectively hyptonised and made to do silly things. It does not take a genius to imaging what happens next. Mover over Steptford Wives, you ain't seen nothing yet.

many yrars ago, I was trained to use a HUD in a Fighter Aircraft. IT took a lot of effort to switch part of my brain to watching it, or rather pointers in the information stream otherwise I am sure we would have been shot down in pretty quick order. What training will be given to Glass users so that they at least use it safely? What about the Children? Won't someone think of the children? Being oblivious to what is going on around them should be no excuse. We already have the ability to 20-30% of the outside world with ear buds please don't let the remaining visual cues get obliterated by these devices.

I know I'm being overly pessimistic but I can't help thinking that this is a huge disaster waiting to happen.

Laywers, sharpen your pencils and order that new LearJet.

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