Lately with all the technology in the world we have found tons of ways to tell our stories digitally. We tell stories through our phones on social networks, from our digital cameras on our blogs, through word of mouth on our podcasts, but now we have a piece of technology that allows us to share from our face. Yes, I repeat I did say from our face. The new technology craze is Google Glasses. These new glasses are a pair of technology glasses that allow you to take pictures, use navigation, record videos, upload send messages, play music, upload data and more. All of this is done directly from the glasses themselves. This piece of equipment shows how fast technology is actually moving. However, is it moving too fast? Are we ready for a piece of equipment this smart? This topic first came to me in a class I had in the Spring semester. Since the product was just announced in early 2013 and sent for testing among certain individuals in late 2013 there is no research to help aid in the queries I have posed. This blog post will be dedicated to my personal opinion regarding Google Glass.
Google Glass presents strides in our new technology by allowing our phone to now be on our face. However, I think we are headed for trouble with technology moving this fast. In my opinion we are building robots. On our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram news feeds we always read about multiple stories that are completely falsified or inaccurate. These topics are made up from individuals who have the ability to create these made up stories, which is anyone. Imagine someone having the access to disguise glasses and take pictures to make up stories. For instance if someone is wearing these glasses in class and decide to use them while taking a test, upload to another student and share answers. Another example is someone wearing these glasses somewhere cameras are not permitted and they record sensitive information and share it. A Seattle business has already banned Google Glass stating, “We don’t let people film other people or take photos unwanted of other people in the bar, because it is kind of a private place that people go (Stenovec 2013).”
Technology like this continues to decrease the validity and reliability of the information that is out there. The content and access of this information is right at our eyes to share. Google Glass also may present a safety concern. By the screen popping in the right peripheral it takes focus off of what you may doing. For instance if you are driving while using Google Glass then you may not pay attention to the road while trying to watch the screen and cause an accident. These are just a few examples of the setbacks this new technology may pose.
As a world we continuously try to create the next best thing. We try to get it as compact as possible while using the most technology that we have. We are moving at a pace that is too great. We are slowly building robots. Technology is a great thing but not when it over takes man.
How it Feels [through Google Glass]. (2013, February 20). YouTube. Retrieved June 23, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1uyQZNg2vE
Stenovec, T. (2013, March 14). Google Glass Ban Underscores Privacy Concerns Months Before Futuristic Specs Are Even Released. The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 23, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/14/google-glass-ban-privacy-concerns_n_2856385.html