Google Glass is like one camera car for each of the thousands, possibly millions, of people who will wear the device – every single day, everywhe
re they go – on sidewalks, into restaurants, up elevators, around your office, into your home. From now on, starting today, anywhere you go within range of a Google Glass device, everything you do could be recorded and uploaded to Google’s cloud, and stored there for the rest of your life. You won’t know if you’re being recorded or not; and even if you do, you’ll have no way to stop it.
And that, my friends, is the experience that Google Glass creates. That is the experience we should be thinking about. The most important Google Glass experience is not the user experience – it’s the experience of everyone else. The experience of being a citizen, in public, is about to change.
This was going to happen from the first moment that cell phones appeared. I wonder what it will take for us to have a public conversation about what is acceptable, and whether there will be any political will to regulate it.