I tried Google Glass last Friday. My friends Taylor and I were making our customary Friday afternoon trip to Capital One Café for free coffee, when one of the associates there told us to go inside and try out Google Glass. We happily complied and walked in to put on the futuristic spectacles. The experience was pretty surreal. When we walked away Taylor put it this way: “Most of the time technology changes slowly over time, so I don’t really notice when some very advanced piece of technology comes out. This was different though, because we don’t have anything similar leading up to it.” I feel the same way. The learning curve was pretty quick, but when I gave the command “Ok Glass, take a picture”, I felt more like a movie character than a college student.
New York Police is looking into using Glass for police on patrol, which would be helpful in locating and identifying criminals. Right now they’re just beta testing, and they’ve signed on to use a few pairs and see on what level they’ll be able to use them. It’s interesting to see if and how Google Glass will become incorporated into every day life, but this NYPD beta testing will reveal whether or not it’s viable as a marketable product. Some users have complained about Glass, claiming that it’s impractical or unstylish. I ‘m very curious to see if they will be able to develop a version of Google Class that functions in contact lenses.
Although Google Glass can be used to help police in identifying criminals, it’s also easy to see how people might use Google Glass for negative motives. For example, someone could find someone’s information just by using facial recognition. Today, it’s already simple to learn a great deal about someone by searching their name, however being able to search them online without even knowing their name, or meeting them at all, is worrisome. This can present safety issues, and certainly privacy issues. This is an area where the law will need to catch up. Historically, the law has lagged behind in regulating the Internet and online activity, and it has also had a difficult time enforcing the law concerning online activity.
It is imperative that the government researches the possibilities of Google Glass to ensure that the product is does not compromise public safety. In class today Professor Yoo showed a video that showed technology that would allow police to create a 3D map of a crime scene in order to see the scene from a bird’s eye view. This technology could also be used by criminals, who could map out a location for a heist or a robbery, or who could map out a house for a break-in. As technology advances, the government will need to keep up in terms of regulation, and verify that technology doesn’t become so advanced that it’s able to invade all forms of privacy, and significantly damage public safety. In addition, companies who create the technology must do their part in creating limits on the corruptibility of their products.