A website designed to draw attention to a new technological development by Internet search giant Google is going viral, thanks in large part to a growing wave of concern over personal privacy.
The site, called “StopTheCyborgs.org”, was established “in response to the Google Glass project and other technology trends. The aim of the movement is to stop a future in which privacy is impossible and corporate control total,” say developers in a post describing the site’s intent.
The concept behind Google Glass is an eye wear device that uses Google’s virtually limitless bank of data to allow the user to record everything he or she sees, in real time, and then be able to utilize smart phone, Internet and other communication technology to immediately transmit, post or otherwise publicize that content – all without the permission of the subjects who have been videotaped. So why all the fuss about a smart phone on your face?” says “StopTheCyborgs”.
Millions of ‘creepy’ cameramen
Consider these reasons, among many others:
– First of all, Google has the marketing resources and power to make recording of private activity or conversations socially acceptable. “Would you have even considered wearing a hidden spy camera or recording conversations a few years ago? Well soon everyone will be doing it and finding you odd for objecting,” says “StopTheCyborgs”.
For comparison’s sake, the site’s founders say, check out Seattle’s “Creepy” Cameraman.
— With Google Glass, how are you supposed to know if somebody’s recording you? Keep in mind the very design of the Google device makes it difficult to know. “This is in contrast to a smart phone where the user must visibly hold the camera up to take a picture or record video. We must therefore assume that we are being recorded at all times (and possibly publicly broadcast) from a low angle where ones face is clearly visible, “StopTheCyborgs” site warned.
This interesting article, is very much, food for thought. This gives me the creeps just thinking about how it could be used. I think Google has over stepped it’s boundaries, this time.
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