Fast Company published an interesting article today, which considers the implications of Google Glass in different venues where data, privacy, recordability and access to instant communication might be particularly sensitive -- like casinos, hospitals, movie theaters, to name a few.
A New Jersey gaming authority is allowing its region's 12 casinos to ban Google Glass eyeglasses, to prevent their use for possible cheating or collusion.
Fear of Google Glass and wearable tech legitimizes the devices' mainstream potential. Notoriety adds to their appeal.
Apprehension toward Google Glass will do more to encourage adoption than any marketing Google could have done. By saying it's something worth legislating against, these groups (such as the casinos in New Jersey) are legitimizing Google Glass as a technology that's worth people paying attention to.
That's not to say casinos shouldn't protect the integrity of their games, or that hospitals shouldn't protect patients' privacy.
It will be interesting how Google Glass will be handled in 'grey areas' like schools.
There are definite privacy concerns around having your actions recorded without your knowledge. But most of those concerns are already addressed by existing legislation or social norms.
In the hospital example discussed in that article, author Christina Chaey mentions that Google Glass falls under rules around photography and videography. The most interesting places to pay attention to will be areas where people don't really follow the rules, most notably schools. Schools will definitely require practices to protect children's privacy, though most of that means protecting them from each other.
It's telling that people are so afraid of what Google Glass will do.
To me, it's telling that people are so afraid of what Google Glass will do. It shows that it's been identified as a disruptive technology that could threaten our way of life. I find that most of the technologies that truly have a big impact in the world aren't initially identified as such, so I think that Glass won't have nearly the effect that people imagine it will. But all this buzz is going to lead to adoption -- but that adoption probably won't radically change the way we interact with each other.