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Disruptions: At Odds Over Privacy Challenges of Wearable Computing
NYT ^ | May 26, 2013, 11:00 am | NICK BILTON

Posted on 05/26/2013 5:47:47 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Last year, after Google unveiled its wearable computer, I had a brief opportunity to test it and was awe-struck by the potential of this technology.

A few months later, at a work-related party, I saw several people wearing Glass, their cameras hovering above their eyes as we talked. I was startled by how much Glass invades people’s privacy, leaving them two choices: stare at a camera that is constantly staring back at them, or leave the room. ... Apple is also working on wearable computing products, filing numerous patents for a “heads-up display” and camera. The company is also expected to release an iWatch later this year. And several other start-ups in Silicon Valley are building products that are designed to capture photos of people’s lives.

But what about people who don’t want to be recorded? Don’t they get a say?

Deal with it, wearable computer advocates say. “When you’re in public, you’re in public. What happens in public, is the very definition of it,” said Jeff Jarvis, the author of the book “Public Parts” and a journalism professor at the City University of New York. “I don’t want you telling me that I can’t take pictures in public without your permission.”

(Excerpt) Read more at bits.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: googleglass; privacy
The rude sobs who wear these things are twisted freaks, in my humble opinion.
1 posted on 05/26/2013 5:47:47 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

I liked the wearable gizmo that was described in MAKE magazine, that was built into a hoodie sweatsuit. Push the hidden button and it would send the “turn off” IR code for every TV set known to man...nice way to decrease the noise level in a bar ;-)


2 posted on 05/26/2013 5:50:15 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: BenLurkin
In the future, everybody will be wearing less obtrusive versions of them - for the same reasons Russians all have dash cams in their cars.
3 posted on 05/26/2013 5:54:55 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: BenLurkin

Not really a problem.

Carry a squirt gun and a heavy duty magnet.-

Tell the invasive computer wearer that if he does not go away from your personal space you will soak his device and fry it or take out your magnet and ruin his hard drive. His choice.


4 posted on 05/26/2013 5:55:31 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: BenLurkin
I wonder if there is going to be a market for portable jammers or something that blocks clear pictures?
5 posted on 05/26/2013 5:57:02 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Nachum

You are the best, I will be picking up these items before my next treck out.


6 posted on 05/26/2013 6:07:04 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: bigbob

my son went through JR HIGH and HIGHSCHOOL with a wrist watch he could use to change channels.


7 posted on 05/26/2013 6:08:03 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Truth29

I’d buy one.


8 posted on 05/26/2013 6:19:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

9 posted on 05/26/2013 6:22:50 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

10 posted on 05/26/2013 6:25:26 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

What people need to understand is that this technology is here to stay and the deployment of it will only accelerate. In the not too distant future, virtually every moment of our public lives will be recorded and trackable. So if you bring your mistress to Las Vegas for a long weekend, it will soon no longer stay in Vegas. Your wife, or I should say, your soon-to-be-ex wife, will be able to call up your every movement by doing a search for you on the many millions of cameras that will soon exist in and around Las Vegas.


11 posted on 05/26/2013 6:26:29 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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12 posted on 05/26/2013 6:27:41 PM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: Truth29

Wearing your bangs so they cover one eye fools a lot of face-recognition software. There was also a research project some guy did on make-up patterns that could fool the software.


13 posted on 05/26/2013 6:30:33 PM PDT by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: Ellendra

The new ones use the patterns of the veins in your forehead from their heat signature. What would you do there?

Also, these cameras are more than just public recorders...they also get to convey the party message as people see landmarks and statues etc as people are seeing them for the first time.

If you can control the message as someone is forming a memory, you can control the recollection and the opinions formed. Very tough to reverse.


14 posted on 05/26/2013 6:47:12 PM PDT by willyd
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To: bigbob

“TV Be Gone” I think that was called.


15 posted on 05/26/2013 6:48:11 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Truth29

Your own hat filled with IR LEDs? That will “jam” low-light cameras at night, dunno about daytime.


16 posted on 05/26/2013 6:50:26 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: SamAdams76

I’m always looking for more reasons to never leave my house anyway. :p


17 posted on 05/26/2013 8:10:39 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: willyd

you can drain and excise a vein from anywhere in your body ~ plastic vein surgery will become popular


18 posted on 05/26/2013 9:34:41 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

You will have to move them all...not just one.


19 posted on 05/26/2013 9:55:52 PM PDT by willyd
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To: willyd

fake veins


20 posted on 05/26/2013 10:03:14 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: willyd
"Also, these cameras are more than just public recorders...they also get to convey the party message as people see landmarks and statues etc as people are seeing them for the first time. If you can control the message as someone is forming a memory, you can control the recollection and the opinions formed. Very tough to reverse."

There is an old Star Trek episode built around the concept of a central computer driven neural net that keeps editing out thoughts and people as the power slowly fails. After each update, history is rewritten to match current approved views.

21 posted on 05/27/2013 2:48:52 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: BenLurkin

The rude sobs who wear these things are twisted freaks, in my humble opinion.


I see a whole new medical specialty in the removal of Google Glasses from the lower intestines and rectums of their users...


22 posted on 05/27/2013 3:08:40 AM PDT by Peet (Come back with a warrant.)
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