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Google “Project Glass”: Another “Interesting, but probably dangerous.”

By on April 7, 2012 8:18:01 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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OK… Google comes up with some very interesting (as well as some evil) stuff. The good: For this invention? Medical – Surgeons will be able to connect to other consultants during procedures and bleed in (pardon the pun) anatomy “projections”, etc. Also, probably great for tech uses – computer repairs, construction projects, etc.

The invention? It’s Google Project Glass:

 

 

Looks good, right? The glasses, too.

Notice all the buttons and the ear bud? Probably not, since the angle “isn’t right”. Guaranteed, there will be plenty of distractions… the myth of “multitasking”, revisited.

Google put out a vid about it… and this project does have some good points: Don’t get me wrong. It just glosses over and totally ignores the down sides. It doesn’t show you the ear bud or buttons, either [nor what significant prescription glasses would look like].

It also takes advantage (subconsciously) of powerful motivators – youth, beauty, romance and friendship (in a computer/internet) mediated increasingly virtual and isolated existence (not life). It also does not show all the streaming “news” and advertising from subscribing businesses along your route. Maybe it’s just me, but that seems to be deliberate fraudulent intent.

 

We’ve all discussed the topic of driving while distracted. Seems to me this little device has a real potential for distracting people at the wrong time.

Watch this vid, please:

 

Hope that one gets in the article. It proves the point rather well. In a complex environment, when you add distractions (visual and especially auditory) you really compromise your safety, as well as that of others.

I’m sure well hear, “Just take them off when crossing the street.”  That’s really likely to happen. “Don’t wear them while actively driving.” Sure.

 

You know, I didn’t even mention privacy loss (not Google’s big concern).

I really don’t mind if the non-thinkers who will flock to buy and subscribe to this newest gadget get “culled”. What bothers me, Google, is how many innocent people this will take out while the idiot with one drives, makes the next “viral” video and talks on the phone while driving 65 mph.

I’m sure it’ll help profits from the undertakers and related advertising to increase.

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April 7, 2012 9:16:33 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

This is just like some game trailer, you see the trailer of a MMO then when you play it, it's nothing like in the trailer. It looks too perfect and I doubt all buildings will have a "map", also I doubt that the voice system works so neat... I'm yet to see a working command-by-voice system. Like you would say STREET in an weird accent and that thing would type in STEEP or something for a reminder.

 

I'm not usually skeptical but this thing just throws it everywhere good share though.

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April 7, 2012 9:43:00 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Hmm, one way they could make it safer would be for it to only be active when you aren't in motion. So you won't get pop ups while crossing a busy street and such. But yeah, totally time to become a mortician when this comes out, business will be booming.

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April 7, 2012 9:43:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This, as you say, has so much potential for good. But when I first noticed the headline about them in the news earlier this week, I lost interest as soon as I saw that they're being developed by Google. That's not me saying I just flat out dislike Google and everything they've done/do. On this occasion though my instant reaction was:

 

As far as driving. Well, I can't drive, but one thing does come to mind, which is the advice given by the driving instructor that taught pretty much all my family: Drive like everyone else on the road is a complete and utter idiot.

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April 7, 2012 5:12:16 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums


A more realistic version:

When I first saw it I first went to all the potential abuses: "Google, where is my ex-girlfriend? Oh, 200 yards to the south, she just entered the public library? Great, thanks...!"

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April 8, 2012 6:36:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Imagine driving with something like that active. Insurance companies would go broke because no one would be able to handle the extremely high premiums. Mortuaries however would see a boom. Pretty sad.

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April 8, 2012 7:30:57 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

What makes you think Google will be the only one who gets into this market once the technology is out?

The glasses will probably evolve into something safer than on the video.

I expect to get such glasses that are relatively unintrusive. I consider the potential for these glasses to be like the dashboard of a car. Formula 1 drivers and fighter pilots already have a HUD projected into their helmet.

Most of the time I would just expect to see a clock and maybe a small calendar note about what you have scheduled next on the display with no other interruptions. I don't expect ads in the glasses. I don't get ads in my smartphone either.

You will most likely be able to mod and skin the glasses to your liking, at least by jailbreaking them.

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April 16, 2012 11:59:38 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums
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April 16, 2012 12:36:42 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

As long as no one risks others' safety and well being while using these things, fine.

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April 16, 2012 12:49:08 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
As long as no one risks others' safety and well being while using these things, fine.

 

Will that even be possible if these are allowed in public places?

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April 16, 2012 1:24:28 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Well the danger of distracted drivers will go away once we get self driving cars...

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April 16, 2012 1:26:11 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Cell phones are all the rage...today. The next rage that comes along will be snatched up just as fast. New toys for the next generation to play with. Who's willing to bet otherwise.

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April 16, 2012 2:28:11 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I'm sure Chinese and Iranian and Syrian and North Korean police will find a lot of applications for these.  Welcome to the future of facial recognition and criminal profiling.

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April 16, 2012 2:46:59 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Sinperium,
I'm sure Chinese and Iranian and Syrian and North Korean police will find a lot of applications for these.  Welcome to the future of facial recognition and criminal profiling.

It would seem that the folks in Hollywood are way ahead of that, a shot in the lips and one around the eyes and you no longer look like the person you were. 

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April 16, 2012 6:19:21 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Cutting edge facial recognition looks at bone structure and infrared signatures as well as complexion and facial features.  It's been able to even spot people after plastic surgery or in disguise.

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April 16, 2012 6:20:26 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I bet Google is planning on covering their losses in law suits by diversifying into the organ donor market.

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April 16, 2012 6:51:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting seanw3,
I bet Google is planning on covering their losses in law suits by diversifying into the organ donor market.

Hey.... you think those banks make short term loans?

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