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How Google Glass Could Be Abused

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How men would use Google Glass – and the real ways the technology could be abused…

The highly anticipated Google Glasses have been receiving some more press of late. In recent speech Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, was quoted saying that using a smartphone was emasculating, and not long after media outlets began publishing the potential way in which Google Glass, could be abused.

The spoof video shows jokes about how guys would use the platform by accessing information online and using it to impress the girl. While comical and light-hearted, the video raise serious issues about how the system could be abused.

When put together with facial recognition software Google Glass could potentially become an identity mapping platform on which everyone, everywhere is begin recorded, should the number of wearers increase to match those using smartphones that is.

The Google Glasses contain a battery, a tiny computer running, a camera, wireless link, and a small heads up display that allows users to view the Internet, access videos, pictures, emails, and communicate in real time, using either voice or finger commands.

Speaking at a recent TED conference in Los Angles how about we use mobile technology, Brin said:

“Is this the way you’re meant to interact with other people? It’s kind of emasculating. Is this what you’re meant to do with your body?”

He hopes that the glasses will lead to a more efficient and natural way of interacting with others online.

Just a week after Brin’s comments, The Telegraph UK, published an article on a study that found girls aged between 7 and 15 are more likely to own a smartphone than boys, and that girls were also 45 percent more likely to use their phones everyday.

Whether this reflects masculinity or simply interest in mobile technology is questionable as the same study, conducted my Mintel, also found that girls were more likely to own MP3 players and laptops, whereas more boys owned desktop computers gaming reasons spring to mind here.

Emasculating or not, consistently burying your head in a smartphone display is something that seems to have taken over most major cities. Perhaps as awkward as they may seem, the Google Glasses could indeed give us a new way to communicate without having to take our eyes away from the world, and those around us. But at the same time, it could also be taking away what little freedom we seem to have left.


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