As many of you have heard, Google has come up with the first borg implant called “Project glass”.
In a nutshell, it’s an augmented reality device, Google’s answer to Apple’s Siri.
In a small video promotion that demonstrates the basic use of it, reminds me of what if your life was a cheesy videogame (Think SNES “Lester the unlikely” or The Leisure Suit Larry series). It displays many features, including music, GPS, basic communications, is voice activated and gives even the capability to share the view of the built in camera.
The device itself, while lacking elegance, looks somewhat promising. However, it brings many concerns to my mind, mostly privacy and security.
Such a device is obviously light-years ahead of what’s found in your office and for one, The industry is still trying to figure out how to best implement security to tablets and smartphones which carry a ton of security issues.
The built in camera and visual recognition system is enough to be cause for concern. Never mind company meetings being leaked or company assets suddenly becoming public domain. And don’t get me started on the peeping toms who would immediately share their point of view.
From another angle, with the ever-nagging tendencies of late with governments wanting more and more control over the internet, now everyone with such a device could become a walking talking surveillance camera. What would stop a government from doing a man-in-the-middle attack and basically hijacking your POV?
You can see where this is going!!
On the flip-side, I can only imagine the great uses for this device or similar in the fields of medicine and engineering. As long they are secure and kept on an internal server uplink, I can see many benefits.