A thought provoking article by Jon Evans of TechCrunch here.
” “First you see video. Then you wear video. Then you eat video. Then you be video.” — Pat Cadigan, Pretty Boy Crossover
Sheesh. A whole lot of people who presumably have never actually seen Google Glass in action appear to be really upset. “People who wear Google Glass in public are assholes,” says Gawker’s Adrian Chen. “You won’t know if you’re being recorded or not; and even if you do, you’ll have no way to stop it,” doom-cries Mark Hurst.”
First there were smart phones, then dashcams, then body worn video recorders, and then tasercams and now even a baton-cam… heard of innovation but are we embedding cameras everywhere just because we can?
“The TASER CAM™ law enforcement video recorder offers increased accountability – not just for police officers, but for the people they arrest. Without video, it can be the officer’s word against the suspect’s word. Now with the TASER CAM recorder, every potential TASER X26 deployment can be documented with full audio and camera video.”
But, Michael, who says she personally has no issue with Google, also believes that Google should be investigating the privacy issues surrounding Glass further before releasing this type of product, especially the legislative issues. For example, in many countries, you can’t record conversations unless you’ve made the other person aware. She feels this lack of education as to how people will use Glass is also an issue.
“They are very well aware of the audio issue, full audio and video is one thing and its legislative impact , but the other is how this data will be used?” Michael said. “For example, if I take a video of you, do I own the video recording? If you are the person who’s the center of the content? So if I want to upload this to YouTube– what does it mean for biometrics, what does it mean for social media at large?”
Michael says that the idea of using technology like Glass to capture images and video in real time is a creating a society of Uberveillance. She describes Uberveillance as embedded surveillance in a first person view where you don’t have the right to be alone; someone is intruding on your everyday life and sharing it with a number of people.
She argues that we could become walking creators of data, similar to the way drones operate now in the sky. She also thinks we will become more stressed because there will be no private time. And because we will be on camera all day, everyday, we will be playing to a world audience; an airbrushed generation starring in its own reality TV show. She also says that people will be become more distracted, much like the way we are distracted by smartphones today.