As technology continues to progress, there’s an undeniably direct correlation between technological progression and the increased mobility yet shrinking size of the devices used to access the technology. As smartphones, ultrabook laptop computers, and tablets prove bigger isn’t necessarily better and portability is almost always a benefit. With that being said, Google is still changing the playing field altogether with its innovative – which to be honest is a complete understatement – Glass product.
Google Glass – which is still in its infancy and prototype stage – is a set of glasseshttps://socialmedianyu.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2591&action=edit that offer the user all the tools of social media and connecting with others by displaying a screen on the glass (which the user is looking through). In addition to that, it responds to voice commands so that if the user wants to take a photograph of a special, yet fleeting, moment, he would be able to do so without having to take out his phone or camera. The user simply commands the Google Glass to “take a picture” and wallah – it’s done. Or if the user is bearing witness to an incredible and unfolding scene, he can record it hands free. Google Glass also displays turn by turn directions and responds to questions much in the way that Siri does. In short, this new product would mediate the reality that the individual is living in, enhancing (or so it claims) the user’s life by making it much more convenient.
Yet one can only question where this will eventually lead us to down the road. This article points to two concerns that we have discussed in class. Firstly, with the ability to record and upload so easily, this is certainly to lead to some invasion of privacy concerns. On top of that, the post insight-fully predicts Google selling the information obtained from the user. We discussed invasion of privacy as it relates to social space, but this product has the power to invade both the physical space of non-users and the social space of the user.
Secondly, making technology so accessible is undoubtedly convenient, but I’m afraid that going too far would eventually pose a risk to unmediated reality as it is. In class, we have discussed the stereotype of the heavily involved gamer (which is a form of social media) being confined in the basement of his mother’s home at the waning age of 40. It would be interesting to see how this would fit into that stereotype – with the ability to display social media right in front of our eyes, would we even need to go out into the real world anymore?
While these may be extreme circumstances that are still years – perhaps even decades away – they are legitimate concerns that the Google Glass raise. Undoubtedly the technology will improve our lives in some manner, but at what point does it cross the line and hamper our real existence?