posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 08:46 PM
I know there are posts on both of these issues; but, I want to combine them. We have all, by now, seen the google glass video. You wear the glasses
and you get a visual display with maps, reminders and it will even locate others and tell you how far away they are from you. Now, lets combine that
with facial recognition software. It would allow google to identify everyone you saw whose picture was on the internet. It could notify you when a
convicted sex offender was near you. People will buy them for their children so that the children know who to run from.
That all sounds good doesn't it? Lets think about how else it might be used. What if the government was looking to arrest someone, the moment you see
them the glasses identify them; but, you don't even know it. You have become an informant and did not know it. Many of us think there are too many
cameras filming us now, once these glasses are in use everyone is filming and everything is seen. Now a practical question, would you allow someone in
your house who was wearing the glasses?
Lets consider another scenario. As you walk down the street, the glasses identify who each person you see is. It then identifies any connections you
may have, such as they are on one of your friends social networks. It might even tell you about what school the person went to or if they are single
and on a dating website. All the information that is on the internet about the person could immediately be available to you.
Within my industry there are people who are aware of me even though they have never met me or interacted with me personally. It is very disturbing
when I meet someone and they already have an opinion about me. What happens when we raise a generation that expects to know all about you before they
meet you? It is not just the loss of privacy; but, the loss of magnanimity.
I want to return to the sex offender for a minute. I know a person who is a registered sex offender. It is not someone who is a friend; but, is a
friend of a friend. My understanding is that when she was in her early 20s she had sex with a boy who was under 18. She wasn't a teacher and I don't
know much more than what I have said. Whatever happened happened around 15 years ago is my understanding. She was convicted or plead guilty and
received whatever punishment the court chose. At what point does is she free of her past mistakes? What if the person had been arrested for drugs 20
years ago, should that still be information that is used to identify them for the rest of their lives?
Just some thoughts and things to consider. Peace.