Google recently released a new concept that could change the world as we know it.
Google’s newest invention, Google Glass, is what we would consider eyeglasses, but with a computer built right in.
These super-glasses are sleek, lightweight and durable with the ability to perform simple, everyday tasks by speaking commands. I assume some sort of WiFi or data plan makes this possible.
Need to translate a sentence? Ask glass. Want to take a video of what you are seeing at any given moment? Ask glass. Need turn-by-turn directions? Ask glass. The glasses can even live-stream what someone is seeing at any given moment.
The possibilities are endless with these “smart” glasses.
People are raving about how amazing Google’s new product is. Everyone wants to experience what the glasses have to offer.
The concept is foolproof, anyone able to use them. The small display “screen” in the lense makes using the device simple and straightforward. But, what consequences will come with this new form of technology?
From the start, the public had to apply (literally send in applications through the Google Glass website) to be considered for the glasses. What does this say about the concept? To me, this shows that Google only wants a certain group to obtain this new, mysterious technology. But why?
Google must know that, in the wrong hands, their equipment could result in serious consequences.
For example, anyone, anywhere, can take videos or photos and no one will ever know; said photos and videos may end up online without any sort of regulation.
Another problem that arises is hackers. Who is to say that someone can’t hack into the software and turn on the video or use GPS to track the wearer’s location?
What about where the information goes once the glasses capture it? The privacy of people all around the world would be in constant violation.
Something about that just doesn’t sit right with me.
M.T. Anderson’s Feed depicts a futuristic society where people are embedded with a “feed” that has the ability to speak to them, look up information and playback video of memories. This sounds oddly familiar….
Throughout the novel, it becomes evident that the members of Anderson’s society no longer have the ability to think for themselves, purely because they don’t need to.
The children still attend school, but they don’t learn the things we learn in school today. There is no need to learn math or science or history because they can just ask their feed. Instead, they learn things like how to find the best deals on clothing, or how to decorate their rooms.
How is Google Glass any different? If this new technology takes off, schools would have to completely reconsider the way students learn. It isn’t fair for students to wear the glasses during a test or assignment because they could simply ask glass. The ways to cheat in school are endless. But, where is the line between what is fair and what is not?
It needs to be somewhat black and white; either everyone in the school has the glasses or no one has them.
Here is the weirdest part about all of this: Anderson wrote Feed way back in 2001. The iPhone didn’t come out until 2007. The concepts that he explores in his novel are ridiculously accurate now. Twelve years later, Anderson’s predictions have proven true.