Google Glass : A Technology Of Fear Or Embrace

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Google Glass: A Technology to Fear or Embrace Kang Zheng 1 Introduction Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display developed by Google. It includes a translucent prism as the display, a camera and a touchpad on the right. There is also a microphone for voice input. Fig. 1 is a Google Glass prototype. Wearers can hear audio output via bone conduction transducer or earbuds. The glass can be controlled by voice commands, gestures on the touchpad and MyGlass app on smartphones through Wi-Fi connection. With Google Glass, people can take photos, record videos, make phone calls, send text messages, emails and do many other things. Such features have made Google Glass very popular for various applications such as social…show more content…
Fears have caused the campaign against Google Glass in public occasions. For example, in U.K. movie theaters and bars, Google Glass is banned [1]. Stop the Cyborgs is a London-based organization which has been campaigning for prohibition of Google Glass and similar devices [3]. The fears are reasonable considering the amount of information Google Glass can gather. It can have visual access to our friends, schedules, location information and so on [4]. There are also some other questions raised. How does Google Glass comply with data protection law? What privacy safeguards Google and application developers have used? Will Google use the information collected by Glass and what does Google intend to do with it? Such questions need to be addressed before it is widely used in public [5]. Public concern about privacy issues with Google Glass also results from the recent exposure of NSA’s Prism project. Giant hi-tech companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook are questioned about whether they have cooperated with NSA. But are we just too afraid that we do not see the good in Google Glass? In 1991, much ahead of the Google Glass, PARC researchers were devoted to the development of ubiquitous computing. However, when facing the popular press, the researchers could not answer the questions about privacy issues [6]. Hong [6] believes there are two possible reasons for this: a) the PARC

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