Aside from whether or not Google’s Glass will actually have enough features to catch on after the cool factor of computer glasses wears off, the biggest concern facing the wearable computer is how it will affect privacy. One advocacy group, Stop the Cyborgs, warns that Google’s Glass will make privacy impossible.
Amidst the buzz of Google’s Glass, a couple of negative aspects of the wearable computer weren’t exactly disregarded, but were definitely flying low under the radar. We discussedone of the negative aspects before — that we haven’t seen the unit show off any kind of revolutionary functionality yet. Its major selling point seems to be that it can record video without you having to press a button with your finger, and without having to position the camera with your hand. This leads to the other negative aspect of Glass that is picking up steam lately: creep shots.
Right now, creep shots exist all over the internet. You have probably taken some yourself without actually realizing it (or classifying it as such). That drunk guy sleeping on the train wearing funny pants that you put up on Instagram? That was technically a creep shot, and you invaded that guy’s privacy. People of Walmart and Look at this F*cking Hipster — sites that traded in specialized, themed creep shots — became so popular that they got book deals. Advocacy group Stop the Cyborgs warns that Google’s Glass will make privacy impossible because of the ease with which users can snap photos and record video. However, it’s no different than the ease with which we snap photos or record videos with our phones.
In order to snap a secret picture with a phone, you have to hold the phone up and aim it at your target. This is usually noticeable if the target is looking directly at you. With Glass, you just point your head in your target’s direction, which is less noticeable than waving a phone around in the air. However, with Glass (so far, at least), you have to provide an audible command. So, while the cute girl standing on the other side of the train probably won’t hear you tell your glasses to take a picture, everyone else around you will. Most likely, she won’t see you stealthily position your phone in her direction. Even if she does, you’re technically just holding your phone’s screen in front of your face, possibly doing one of a million tasks that require you to raise your phone up in the first place.
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