Do we want to live in a world that’s always on? Walk into any bar in places like San Francisco, Seattle or Los Angeles, and there are hordes of people that are splitting their attention span their “Jesus” phones and conversations.
Even now, do you really have anyone’s undivided attention?
And then’s there’s Google Glass. Mark Hurst writes about how this is even worse with the new device:
The key experiential question of Google Glass isn’t what it’s like to wear them, it’s what it’s like to be around someone else who’s wearing them. I’ll give an easy example. Your one-on-one conversation with someone wearing Google Glass is likely to be annoying, because you’ll suspect that you don’t have their undivided attention. And you can’t comfortably ask them to take the glasses off (especially when, inevitably, the device is integrated into prescription lenses).
But wait, there’s more!
Finally – here’s where the problems really start – you don’t know if they’re taking a video of you.
The user wears them unintentionally becomes part of the world’s biggest webcam network.
Now pretend you don’t know a single person who wears Google Glass… and take a walk outside. Anywhere you go in public – any store, any sidewalk, any bus or subway – you’re liable to be recorded: audio and video. Fifty people on the bus might be Glassless, but if a single person wearing Glass gets on, you – and all 49 other passengers – could be recorded. Not just for a temporary throwaway video buffer, like a security camera, but recorded, stored permanently, and shared to the world.
Google Glass is like one camera car for each of the thousands, possibly millions, of people who will wear the device – every single day, everywhere they go – on sidewalks, into restaurants, up elevators, around your office, into your home. From now on, starting today, anywhere you go within range of a Google Glass device, everything you do could be recorded and uploaded to Google’s cloud, and stored there for the rest of your life. You won’t know if you’re being recorded or not; and even if you do, you’ll have no way to stop it.
Isn’t that a slight privacy violation? Where’s the checkbox I can click?