Since its debut, Google Glass has had its fair share of raves….. and a lot more ranting. It is absolutely, completely, utterly, 100%-ly NOT surprising that the first thing people jumped on is the issue of privacy. It’s been talked about, debated, speculated upon (with suspicion), fingers pointed at, and is still being questioned.
But you know what? Despite all these threats to the technology’s viability, I believe it will still win in the end. This is because, Google Glass represents an Inevitable Technology. It is a technological concept, like radio, screens, wireless internet, rechargeable power sources, recycling and not forgetting social media, that makes sense. So long as you take away the “petty” concerns, the idea makes so much sense and has so much true value that it is inevitable that it must exist.
Granted, Google Glass is not perfect – and by “Inevitable” I do not say it is perfect. The idea is inevitable, not this particular manifestation of the idea. The idea that we will wear information displays on our head, before our eyes, is as inevitable as the idea that the phone must leave behind its wires to the wall (and go mobile).
So, while people continue to debate the problems of Google Glass, the technology will not die. It will get better and better, until either one day the privacy/security issues are resolved, or the value the technology provides so far outweighs the alleged dangers, that no one cares anymore. Like how we continue to “ignore” the danger of mobile phones microwaving our brains; like how we continue our addiction to social media despite all its privacy issues.
So I say, be patient – don’t strike off the technological concept just because its firstborn manifestation is imperfect. Google knows this, and that’s why it’s always, for want of a better term, trying stuff. Google has a reputation for rolling out controversial services and eventually shutting them down. Many see this as a weakness and laugh. But I see in them a spirit of innovation. We tend to forget that many others are not shut down but continue to evolve. Whether or not the Google Glass as a device will be killed in the future, I am not certain. But the technological concept (info display on eyepiece/eye), I still believe is here to stay. Google may have to face the brunt of privacy advocates’ rants, but – at least they tried the innovation. Dare you?
Some technologies are fads, some are too far ahead of its time, others are born immature; some will die, others are inevitable.