Thanks to Google, We’re All Terminators Now

Augmented Reality

Hardened warriors on the verge of losing touch with our own humanity

Google insists that its newest focus, Android-based “Heads Up” glasses that send data to the wearer about the surrounding area, are not about potential revenue streams. Of course not! The project is just an “experiment that anyone will be able to join.”

The glasses will have a low-resolution built-in camera that will be able to monitor the world in real time and overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and friends who might be nearby, according to the Google employees. The glasses are not designed to be worn constantly — although Google expects some of the nerdiest users will wear them a lot — but will be more like smartphones, used when needed.

….The glasses will send data to the cloud and then use things like Google Latitude to share location, Google Goggles to search images and figure out what is being looked at, and Google Maps to show other things nearby, the Google employee said. “You will be able to check in to locations with your friends through the glasses,” they added.

We’d all be wearing these things right now if the Google-X team had already figured out how to get around our privacy concerns. That they are being built in a secret compound means that they are concerned about their privacy, though.

Internally, the Google X team has been actively discussing the privacy implications of the glasses and the company wants to ensure that people know if they are being recorded by someone wearing a pair of glasses with a built-in camera.

The project is currently being built in the Google X offices, a secretive laboratory near Google’s main campus that is charged with working on robots, space elevators and dozens of other futuristic projects.

I think it’s ironic that people are so willing to Check-In to places using their smartphones – supposedly so their friends can find them easier. (Retailers lure them with marketing deals to persuade them to give up their privacy.) It seems to me that the whole thing reeks of being on probation of some sort. It used to be that wearing an ankle bracelet for tracking purposes was a horrible thing.

I can see where the glasses will have massive implications for military purposes – the futuristic soldier.  For the rest of us – well, life is a battlefield. The old adage “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” – will certainly be easier  with Google Latitude and Google Maps right there in the old eyeball.

Sarah Connor could have used these.


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