Google Glass and the Future of wearable tech…not in my words, but some thought provoking insights from others.
June 9, 2013 Leave a comment
I rarely post off topic and tend to stay pretty focussed on technology and trends but I for one have been quite blown away by the unravelling story about the NSA PRISM surveillance programme. The following articles have got me thinking about the future and where we “may” be headed.
The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’ – NYTimes.com. Click link or image to see the NYTimes article….
Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks (in case you have just been defrosted from a seven year cryogenic state) writes in the New York Times (See link and image top) about the “The New Digital Age” – a book authored by Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google and Jared Cohen, former advisor to Condaleezza Rice and Hilary Clinton now director of Google Ideas.
The article is a pretty disturbing and thought provoking construct of a future that may well come to pass and one that we all, have willingly subscribed to…it’s likely of course that it will be argued that Assange is just taking a shot at big buisness and circulating another conspiracy theory, but frankly I think the article poses some interesting thoughts. Read it and decide for yourself.
In that context, Ive been a very occasional user of Facebook for a number of years now- there are a number of reasons, not least of which is my annoyance at the continually changing security and privacy rules (or lack thereof). However I have to confess I, like many techie heads, was quite excited at the prospect of Google Glass and what it might introduce to consumer technology trends.
However on the way back from Norway yesterday I did a lot of reading of related stories on Twitter. One that struck me was an article by ArsTechnica about Stephen Balaban, the co-founder of Lambda Labs.
In the article Cyrus Farivar @cfarivar talks to the 23 year old about the Facial Recognition API for Google Glass that Lambda Labs has released and his dream of his company becoming” the largest wearable computer software company in the world”. The article is well worth a read but these two paragraphs were intriging to me:
“ …He even outlined a gradual plan for how facial recognition could work.
“At first it’ll be limited to friends of friends,” he said. “It would scan your face, and let’s say it knew who you were. Then it would then say, ‘What are Cyrus’ preferences?’ [If you opted out] it would say ‘not recognized’ or ‘not found.’ But if it did find you, it would generate a summary of what we have in common: topics of interest, mutual friends, mutual institutions. Right now we do this signaling in an inefficient manner: t-shirts, Facebook profiles, or the e-mail address that we use. But in the future, that signaling will be more explicit. The things that you care about will be provided to you.”
This “inefficient manner” has another name, right? Talking. After all, that’s how we build relationships with each other—we talk about our interests, we converse, we build trust. That’s how interactions have happened between humans since the beginning of intelligent conversation.”
So thats two articles to munch through – now have a read of these two by Bryan Appleyard, special feature writer for The Sunday Times.
Thought provoking stuff! Here I was getting nervous, excited and slightly uncomfortable about the fact that GLASS would be able to stream live to a YouTube Channel! (as well as take photos, google search, voice recognition, record videos, geo-locate and in time, I have no doubt, deliver targeted user advertising etc etc)
Tim Willoughby, Asst. CEO LGMA speaking at the recent Fujitsu Innovation Gathering in Dublin said -Your phone… “knows more about you than your partner” that being true, then by default, Google too knows you more intimately than you might like to imagine. – G