Google recently revealed its plan to develop Internet-connected
eyeglasses that would combine normal vision with informational overlays. It
has named the effort "Project Glass" and built a prototype.
The eyeglasses can also tell you where other individuals are located
although Google has not revealed the specific technology it uses to monitor
the locations of Project Glass users. The glasses appear to have a
built-in microphone that is always activated, and a button that people can
push to take photographs.
- Will the software that runs this be
free? Will people
be able to get a copy of the software, modify it, and then use that instead
of the software that comes from Google?
- Will Google be able to see what you see?
- How does it know where you are? Since your location is being transmitted
if you use this (and potentially the sights and sounds around you), will
Google now know who you meet with, where you meet them, what you eat, and
how many times you use the restroom?
- It seems that this could provide Google with far more information about
people than they already collect by scanning your messages in Gmail,
tracking the YouTube videos you watch, and logging what you search for on the
- If everyone starts to wear these while walking around, immersed in their
own assisted reality, the future could be a very lonely place.