Video: Are Google Glasses a threat to privacy?
posted at 12:45 pm on May 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
“Why do you need Google on your face?” Scott Stein notes that Google already has had some privacy issues in the past. Frankly, I’m more concerned with the safety issues. Stein notes that the proliferation of smartphones already has drivers texting and e-mailing when they should be watching the road, and this won’t improve that problem by much.
But what about the surveillance issue and privacy? That’s going to be a big question, but not as big as the price tag:
$1500 to look like the Borg? Pass, at least for now. I wear prescription specs and have no desire to wear contact lenses (my astigmatism doesn’t make me a great candidate for them anyway), so I won’t be trying out Google Glasses any time soon. I don’t think it will take too long, though, before these become as ubiquitous on the street as people with Bluetooth earpieces holding phone conversations.
Speaking of which, I recently joked that twenty years ago, we assumed anyone walking around talking to no one in particular was crazy; now we just assume they’re on a cell phone call. How about people who stare at you for no discernible reason in the age of Google Glasses? Do we assume they’re lost in thought, as we do now, or videotaping us?