Hyalophobia: Project Glass
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Since its announcement, there’s been a noticeable backlash against Project Glass, Mostly on perceived aesthetic and too-cool-for-that grounds. These are just people taking shots at something to try to feel cool. It’s the equivalent of shoving a nerd into a locker.
There have also been concerns about what Project Glass means for privacy. A Seattle dive bar has banned the devices from the property (remember that Glass has only been available for the handful of people chosen by Google, existing for a total of about 10 seconds). Interestingly, the bar owner admits that part of the reason why he doesn’t want Glass is because his bar is a “seedy” and “maybe notorious place.” Yeah, sounds like the kind of place I’m in a real hurry to visit.
It’s your right to ban things like Glass in an establishment that you own (at least until the Singularity). It’s your right not to have government unreasonably intrude into your life (see: 3rd and 4th amendments). But contrary to what reddit thinks–”We will ban the posting of personal information (doxxing), because it incites violence and harassment against specific individuals”–you do not have a right to anonymity in a public forum. And let’s be honest, what’s considered to be in public is growing rapidly.
If you’re afraid of losing your privacy because of someone else wearing a Glass, you could wear a mask or something whenever you leave the house. Of course, then you’d look like an even bigger douchebag than how you perceive someone wearing Glass.
See, the thing is that if you’re in a public area–and let’s not be pedantic: I mean any location where you’re around people you don’t know–you do not have any privacy. You’re in public! As long as they don’t intend to sell your likeness for advertising, anyone is free to take your picture, say whatever they want to you (outside of abuse or inciting violence), or otherwise interact with you. If you don’t like it, then don’t go out in public.
Underneath it all, the concerns about privacy violations aren’t actually about Glass. Or about technology, even. Really, it’s about trust. The idiot bar owner in Seattle isn’t afraid that someone will be able to record video (like, say, with a camera), but rather that what goes on his bar will become public knowledge. And for a bar whose reputation is “shady,” I can understand why.
If you’re going to be a sketchy weirdo and don’t want people to know, I’d suggest not doing it around strangers. Especially not ones writing in a notebook or standing in front of a film crew.