How “close” can google get to you?

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Ever since the google glasses came out, I had this idea/imagination of this program that someone is going to write for the google glasses that captures faces and recognizes them. Then it will pull up all the information about the person that you are looking at in matter of seconds (maybe not even that). At the meantime, I thought to myself that these glasses are so obvious it is hard not to notice that someone is staring at you while that little transparent screen on the glass is showing your information.

Today, I read about google patenting google lenses! It apparently started as “world’s smallest wireless glucose sensor ever made in a pair of smart contact lens” in January. Shortly after, they filed a patent for a series of micro-cameras to be integrated into their future smart contact lens.

As readwrite mentions in this article about Google lens, there are a lot of benefits that would come with this device such as the things that it could do for people with poor vision, or maybe people with diabetes. But we are not here to discuss those stuffs! There are always a lot of good benefits with the new things that come out in the world. For example, internet has A LOT of good impacts on nearly everyone’s lives today. But at the same time, it is used for almost any malicious idea in the world!

My question is now this: What if this device does make it to the market and becomes a very successful device? Now we have a camera attaches to everyone’s eyes that could potentially be compromised and . . .

I think this video sums up a lot of my points! Totally worth watching and it is only 2 minutes AND it is hilarious! Google Glass Contact Lens?!?

6 Responses to How “close” can google get to you?

  1. I want some Deus Ex cybernetic eyes.

  2. This is a pretty cool topic, my roommate actually has the Google Glass and I have had the opportunity to use it on multiple occasions and I must say, it’s definitely a bit ‘different’. As far as Google Lenses goes, I would say this whole different game and still a very novel idea which we probably won’t see implemented into the market for a very long time. Now, as far as privacy goes, this is clearly a questionable invention especially since this lens is used as a camera meaning that any of us could be on a video or a picture and we wouldn’t even realize it. This would add to the idea of it being a fairly “creepy” concept especially if it were to get into the wrong hands. Like you mentioned, with the Google Glass, it isn’t very hard to notice someone wearing it because it is unlike any other optical device that people use. On the other hand, the lenses do also provide a slight bit of comfort seeing as these lenses could be used to do good beneficial work for society through law enforcement. Police or any other federal teams could use technology to get the upper hand on criminal organizations and perhaps even infiltrate them unbeknownst to the criminals themselves. However, that could still unfortunately work both ways.

    This does seem like it is coming from a science fiction movie, however, it is clear that tech. giants in today’s climate are taking the initiative to really experiment and research into areas that are often disregarded as pure fantasy. Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR comes to mind when I think of other drastic technologies that are slowly being introduced for the technological improvement of tomorrows world. I can’t wait to see the kinds of gadgets we will have on the shelves within another decade.

  3. HDMcCullough

    I think that the Google lenses are a potentially very beneficial and dangerous idea.
    The lenses themselves could have many positive uses. As described in the video Nima linked, they could be used to give sight to the blind. They could also be used to correct eyesight, maybe to the extent of adapting as the user’s eyes change.
    Vell199 brings up a lot of privacy concerns with the camera. The camera could be seen as a large invasion of privacy. Users could discretely take pictures wherever and whenever they want. Like Vell199 said, it could be a “creepy” concept if it fell into the wrong hands.
    Another concept I’d like to bring up is what does this mean for data mining in the future? Imagine what Google could do if they could store and analyze everything users see and do at any given point.

  4. I like the potential use of the lenses to help the visually impaired and it would be a handy tool to have in something like a spy movie. However, I wouldn’t want to wear it myself. I prefer to have something I can more readily put my hands on (like glasses). There is also the potential for misuse or unexpected consequences. People could spy on you and take pictures in secret.

    As for the idea about displaying people’s information upon facial recognition, I’m neither in favor of nor against the idea. It would be nice for police in that they could quickly identify suspects. It could also solve that awkward situation where you have talked to a guy a couple times before and still don’t know his name. I’m not sure exactly what information would be displayed, but it could be neat if it were to bring up something like the person’s facebook page. Other than that, I would find it a little weird to have so much technology so close to my eyeball.

  5. I tend to lean in favor of the development and release of Google Glass. It is a major improvement in the area of hands free technology. It offers a safety improvement, as distracted drivers will likely stay more focused with Google Glass on than looking away from the road to grab their cell phone. No matter what legislation is passed, drivers will find one way or another to distract them from the perceived monotony of driving. Ethically, drivers will be keener to using the safer Google Glass over their phones, providing a net benefit of safety on the roads. The controls on a Google Glass require just about as much input as a radio or AC/Heat controls on a vehicle. Pilots popularly fly with a Heads Up Display (HUD), and parallels can be drawn between the effectively of HUDs and driving with Google Glass.

    Regarding US law, an attempt was made to cite drivers using Google Glass. The charges were dismissed, because it was impossible to prove that the Google Glass was operational while the vehicle was in motion. If certain local/state jurisdictions decide to persecute drivers using Google Glass, it will be difficult or impossible to prove that the glasses were operational.

  6. I think that this product has the potential to be amazing. Although there is something to be said about the weirdness of people having cameras on their eyes, I think that in this digital age we are far past the point where people can expect privacy in public, essentially everyone carries a recorder/camera combination on their person at all times in the form of a smart phone. I find the idea of a lens that sort of “interfaces” with your eye to be massively interesting. We already have interfaces with voice and ears in the form of voice recognition software and headphones, eye interfaces are the next logical step I suppose. This makes me wonder though, in line with our discussions about the singularity and “The Gentle Seduction,” how long before we simply have interfaces directly to our brains in the form of “nections” like in the story? Having computers that we could access and use with simply our thoughts could be massively beneficial for society and would cut down on much of the tedious things that we do. Studying would become largely irrelevant – in fact our entire academic system may become defunct with the advent of constant access to information with a simple thought. Would our brains essentially be interfaces to access a more powerful brain at that point? Definitely interesting stuff, although there is always the possibility of a dystopian technocracy where the people with technology enslave those without, as the technology becomes so powerful. (That view is a little pessimistic though, I prefer the former)