Banning Glass is like Banning Smart Phones: Unrealistic

Can a club ban a piece of technology that has been approved by the FCC for use in the USA? Good question.

"You might as well advise a man to change the colour of his eyes."

Credits:  A Man for All Seasons: A Play of Sir Thomas More by Robert Bolt (play adapted above by Tim Bezant)

Credits:  A Man for All Seasons: A Play of Sir Thomas More by Robert Bolt (play adapted above by Tim Bezant)

Nokia Development

“I’m not going to speculate [about Glass] because time will tell with regards what is the right execution with regards to this idea of “heads-up”, so I think we’ve a lot of work to do, frankly, so I’m not going to speculate about that” Pannenbecker said. “But I think, as I said, this is for me an area that we want to engage in, I mean, this topic of heads-up not this particular solution for example. As I said, there’s a whole bandwidth of opportunities, and I think we as a company need to look very deeply into these opportunities, and then commit.”

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Creative Omniscience


"...The key experiential question of Google Glass isn’t what it’s like to wear them, it’s what it’s like to be around someone else who’s wearing them."

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As a society we should be worried...

"...Now enter Google Glass, a device that allows us to walk around and overlay our entire reality with an Internet connection, put simply. It sounds awesome, but what actually happens when a society adapts to the likes of Google Glass and people completely disconnect from their surroundings? Isn’t that a little troubling to think about? Yes, you can take off the glasses at any time you want to jump back into the real world, but if people planned on taking them off that often there’s really no point in buying them at all. It’d just be easier to check your smartphone when you feel like connecting with others or using Internet-based services and apps.

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Do You Have that on Tape?

Robert Scoble originally shared this post:

"TV Rights holders and small, wearable cameras, will go to war? Nascar style

Today Tyler Anderson shot some video and shared it on Twitter. He shot it with his cell phone. What was it of? A big wreck at Daytona that seriously injured several people.
I watched the video before it was blocked by Nascar for copyright reasons. It shows the point of view of a fan that was almost killed by a flying tire off of a car. That made it a news event. When there is a news event all..." 

Glass Released by Google

Glass how it feels:

Glass what it does:

How to apply:

Okay... so now we're being screened and contributing to Google's marketing machine!

"We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass. We’d love to make everyone an Explorer, but we’re starting off a bit smaller. We’re still in the early stages, and while we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting."

Another example of the co-creation of a product. Why trial a product the old fashioned way when you can release it to opinion leaders who can influence their networks to buy in or miss out! It worked for gmail, it will probably work for glass. Why pay a team of trouble-shooters, when you have real users awaiting. Can't wait to see the "terms and conditions" of use...

Content Guidelines as recorded by Google

"It must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, disparaging, libelous or contain any content that is inappropriate, indecent, sexual, profane, indecent, tortuous, slanderous, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person, or otherwise does not comply with the theme and spirit of #ifihadglass.
It must not contain content, material or any element that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulations the laws or regulations in any state where Application is created.
It must not contain any content, material or element that displays any third party advertising, slogan, logo, trademark or otherwise indicates a sponsorship or endorsement by a third party, commercial entity or that is not within the spirit of #ifihadglass, as determined by the Jury, in its sole discretion.
It must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity.
It cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights."

Limiting Glass to 8,00 explorers is an interesting concept. For related material on "scenarios" in product development read here.

Drones R Us

As I was growing up, my older brother who was an avid follower of all things "U.S. Air Force", delighted in making me and my siblings watch reruns of jet fighters, bombers and the like on videos he would tape from the world news and documentaries. By the age of 10, I knew what a B1 Bomber was, certainly what a B52 looked like, even what artillery each carried. I would often marvel in my own ability to recollect each just by watching them in flight. But on hindsight I think it had to do with the fact that I grew up within walking distance of Sydney Airport and could not only hear aeroplanes during the day but I could see their underbelly as they came into land at Kingsford Smith.

But there was one plane on the documentaries which always stood out. It wasn't fast, and it wasn't flashy, and it didn't have a pointy nose. It wasn't brutal looking and it could never be described as awesome... The AWACS was always easy to remember. It was white with a black dish-like feature near the tail end. I would think, if AWACS was a planet it would be Saturn!

Courtesy: NATO Web Site

Courtesy: NATO Web Site

The AWACS stands for Airborne Warning & Control System aircraft and technically is Boeing's E-3A 'Sentry'. NATO uses 17 AWACS from its NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen, Germany. According to NATO, the AWACS provides:

"immediately available airborne command and control (C2), air and maritime surveillance and battlespace management capability."

The AWACS is often dubbed "Eye in the Sky" and in 2012 it allegedly played an important role in the security of the Euro 2012 Football Tournament. I find it so interesting, that such an old reconnaissance airplane is still doing what it did decades ago, despite that it has undergone numerous upgrades in technology.

This gets me to the point of my blogpost...

What have we become?

Ok. Drones are usually uninhabited... they are getting smaller and smaller by the day... anyone can build one for a couple of hundred dollars (much less if you know where you go to buy the parts)...

So now in an analogous way we can do what the AWACS does... we can buy a device that logs everything we see... "click --- click --- click" every three seconds... We don't even have to press the camera trigger, it just does it automatically for us and sends the data back to some kind of command and control centre, called our "lifelog storage device in the cloud."

In some ways these cameras we might wear 24x7 (and might one day even bear) are "uninhabited" or "unmanned" because there is no conscious decision to make about what photograph/video to take, beyond the decision to wear the device to begin with and press the "on" button.

Thus what have we become? Drones ourselves? Have we become a type of "mule" like those carriers in the smuggling drug trade? "Click --- click --- click." Who are we clicking for? Or video recording for? Is it really ourselves? Our children? History?

We are close to having every street and every dwelling captured... but are we really on a quest to discover every "nook and cranny"? And then what? Once we've got the whole world mapped out, and every human located on a map (even when their mobile), and got a precise view of what people's homes look like from the "inside" not just the "outside", what next? 

"Living under drones" is one thing, but ponder a world filled with human drones. And here, I'm not just referring to your common 'garden variety lifeloggers' but those who will be paid for drone-like behaviour.