Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:40 UTC
Google This is amazing. Not only has Google just opened up the pre-order program for Google Glass to 'creative individuals', it has also unveiled what the user interface looks like and how it works. It's... Nothing short of amazing. I'm throwing money, credit cards, my car keys, my house keys, my Surface RT, my cats, everything at my screen. I want this so bad.
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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

This is a bit harsh but made me laugh. A comment on Google Glass by Brian S Hall.

Coolness is more important than privacy.

What's that? The non-consented voice and video capture of me you just uploaded in real-time to Youtube for the world to see includes my location, down to the nearest GPS coordinate and has face-tagged me, and now Google is selling that information to every advertiser on the planet who are now pestering me with ads and tracking my every move and anyone on the planet can have a instant Google alert to be notified the very millisecond I show up on the great Google eye and all I only wanted was to enjoy this nice cup of tea but now you've fucking ruined it so maybe you should take off those fucking glasses before I smash your fucking face.

Just saying.


Then again, that's really no different from how things already are as anyone can just pop in and take your picture or record a video of you with the myriad different mobile devices around. In practice it makes no difference.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Of course it's no different. You can do the same with any phone - including the iPhone - and it has been that way for almost a decade. Nothing new.

But it's from Google so better make some snide remark about advertising even while their own site uses advertising and tracking as well.

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

I think I would be more relaxed about this if it wasn't an advertising company making it.

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

But it's from Google so better make some snide remark about advertising even while their own site uses advertising and tracking as well.


We all find advertising useful sometimes both as receivers of ads and as purveyors of ads. But I do think some things are probably best not run by advertising companies, and this sort of wearable device might be such an example.

I think the police are necessary and useful but I wouldn't be happy if they ran the kindergartens, I think religious institutions have their place but I wouldn't want them to control the ministry of culture, I think political parties are essential to democracy but they shouldn't decide the verdict in court cases. etc etc.

If a company, such as Google, makes all it's money from advertising then that has an effect on what it does and how it does it. A non-advertising company would probably do a lot of things differently than Google does them. I think it would be silly to argue otherwise.

Maybe the fact that Google Glass is a product of an advertising company will have no impact on the end user experience. On the other hand it might, and that impact may have negative consequences for end users.

I would of thought it should be possible to raise such matters, even occasionally in a caustic and satirical fashion, without such concerns being condemned out of hand.

Just saying.

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_Nine_ Member since:
2010-10-13

Of course it's no different. You can do the same with any phone - including the iPhone - and it has been that way for almost a decade. Nothing new.

But it's from Google so better make some snide remark about advertising even while their own site uses advertising and tracking as well.


It's totally different. It's the difference between capable and easily capable, not mention discrete. Sure, you can do the same thing now and even years ago, but you can't capture video just by looking at someone--you have to get your phone out, access it's camera, aim it at your subject, etc. It's not discreet, and if you started recording videos of strangers for an extended period of time, someone's probably going to ask you what the eff you're doing.

Will that stop this from progressing? Maybe not. But, social consequences are a consideration and certainly have--and will continue--to influence the adoption of a technology.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Of course it's no different. You can do the same with any phone - including the iPhone - and it has been that way for almost a decade. Nothing new.

I don't know Thom ...the degree of automation really can make a difference.

But then OTOH, I don't really see what the big deal is about Glass - seems like a bit fancied out webcam; its videos seemingly impressive mostly because of pro editing, including music, short clips.

Edited 2013-02-25 11:07 UTC

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rexstuff Member since:
2007-04-06

No, there is a subtle difference. With, say, a mobile phone, you have to get out the phone and somehow surreptitiously angle it to record my face. Doable, perhaps, but not easy.

With Google Glass and using the trackpad, it is much easier to record a video of me without my ever knowing.

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