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article imageOp-Ed: The promising future of Google Glass

By Nathan Miller     Jul 18, 2014 in Technology
One of the first companies you'll notice at the forefront of any major technical breakthrough in recent years is a well known company called Google.
Long since their days of being a fledgling internet search provider, Google has blossomed into a robust technical enterprise, complete with self-driving cars, an operating system capable of competition with powerhouses like Microsoft and Apple, and a smartphone market rivaling the likes of the iPhone. And now, with the recent introduction of an even newer product, Google Glass, Google is distinguishing themselves as pioneers in the field of wearable technology.
Initially, with the introduction of Google Glass, some were confused as to what it even was. Some of the questions that inevitably came up were "What is it?" "What does it do?" and of course, the "Why would I even want it?"
Google Glass combines many of the common Google services that we all take for granted, like email, chat, taking phone calls, etc., and yes, even search engine functionality, and essentially combines them into a single, wearable computer, with an advanced Heads up Display (HUD), so that the user is, in a sense "always connected."
With people always being connected to their cell phones and mobile devices, there is certainly something to be said for "unplugging" from our daily lives at times, which over time could provide itself to be a concern for those who choose to adopt Google Glass as part of their tech arsenal, if you will.
Another concern that arose relatively quickly with the advent of the new technology is concern over individual privacy. If a device like Google Glass could be hacked (which is really just a matter of time), a hacker could feasibly gather a rolling film of your life from the time you put on the Google Glass until the time you took them off.
One specific privacy concern exposed by the ACLU is the possibility of a biometric Google Glass device of sorts, which would provide an even greater privacy concern to many Americans, and quite honestly, civilians around the world.
While I would be one of the first to acknowledge the privacy concerns presented here by the ACLU, I and others would be loathe to not point out that any device, technological or otherwise, always comes with the possibility of being rife for abuse. For example, knives can be used for cutting steak. They have also been used to kill people. Baseball bats are a commonly loved sporting device. They can also be made useful as a deadly weapon. Guns can be used to hunt or for self defense. They can also be used as weapons of mass murder. Even simple items like rugs or pillows, seemingly benign, can be used to smother people.
All things, like the people who use them, have the capacity for great evil and great good. Never should we allow that capacity for evil to cloud our judgment regarding those products, and to use isolated cases of hate as an excuse to hide our knowledge and stifle learning, because someone, somewhere, might use our invention as a tool for evil.
Google Glass is an awesome technological breakthrough, and we should all applaud that and seek to use it in all ways possible for the enhancement and betterment of society.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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