Since the release of Google Glass this once proud country has seen a rash of outright discrimination against Google’s first wearable technology.This bigotry has not been isolated to individual citizens, but is being perpetrated by corporations, local and state governments and even our federal government.
Interesting that three of the four are from California… our “high tech” state? I guess not.
As wearable technology expands can we expect more of the same? There are already a spate of wired watches on the market but soon you’ll see technology integrated into everything we wear, including our clothes. Google will solve their specific problem by going from glasses to contact lenses, but the bigger problem lies ahead. When the buttons on our shirts are cameras and microphones, will we have to take our shirts off?
What bothers me the most is the lack of outrage these incidents have engendered. Why is it that we can yawn at the latest way the NSA is spying on us but get so worked up by a single individual wearing Google Glass? Clearly we need our rights established. In the U.S. we have Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Assembly but it seems we don’t have freedom of technology. That’s why I’m starting a movement for the 28th Amendment… Freedom of Technology.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of technology, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of technology usage, or of the press coverage of technology usage; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble at geeky conventions, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
OK, maybe we won’t get there, but seriously, what are people afraid of? The recording capability? Have they looked around lately and seen all the security cameras recording everything they do? Have they seen every other person around them with their cell phones taking pictures and videos and uploading them? Exactly what is the difference other than the hands-free aspect?
I don’t have Google Glass yet (not in my price range… or my wife’s style guide) but would love to have one. Just in case I’ve had an artist do a rendering of me with Google Glass. Click here to see it >> Resistance is futile. We are in the age of personally integrated technology and not only is there is no end in sight but that end will be biological integration. Governments need to get off the luddite train and stop the discrimination with established rights.