Well, Google certainly know how to develop game changers. Last April Google released a video showing off its new project, Google Glasses. It was pretty cool, but it did only really seem to be a phone screen for your eyes. But Google have just launched a new video, and i think have rebranded the concept as Google Glass.
The new video, as you expect does look great, tugging on the heartstrings with ideas of sharing and family. But lets really talk… This as a fundamental shift in how we are going to view, access and use information. It won’t be long until this is the form of contact lenses, and therefore seamlessly integrated into the Neo-Humanoid of the future. Kevin Kelly founding executive editor of Wired magazine and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog certainly thinks that this transgression to instant access is inevitable. And as he says,
“if you dont like it go and live in the woods”.
Make sure you check out his site here, as he is a true hero of mine.
Its odd as i totally agree with Kevin Kelly, this is inevitable. We are going to move to an information access age, where technology, education, and sharing are something the whole world is involved in. But is there a dark side to this aswel? In order for the Google Glass Project to make your day better than yesterday, it has to record your vision. Mmm. What if there is a crime, and the police need access to your field of the vision for the day. Do we all become walking CCTV cameras? Well, yes we do. But i suppose we need to stop being so individualistic and selfish, and think about the idea of forced evolution. Although i abhor the concept of collectivism as a means to socially and economically evolve (i am a true liberal and believer in Hayek) i think that the dissemination of information to the masses is only good for freedom, trade and human development. This growth of the single brain, synthetic telepathy and instant access to all of human knowledge is going to happen to one way or another. And, so long as the governments do not own this, and it is run privately through the markets then we are, as consumers, still in charge. Who knows, but its certainly going to be exciting. There is an old Chinese insult, that translates to
“May you live in interesting times”
Well… that we do.
Here is the new video about Google Glass
Here is the original video posted about Google Glasses