Woman wears Google Glass to SF bar and allegedly gets accosted
Anyway, when you see someone wearing Google Glass, how does it make you feel? I always feel a bit uncomfortable, though I am intrigued. But not enough to want one.
(Sidenote: The uncomfortable sensation is also kind of strange -- considering how often we appear in other people's photos and videos each day, as well as consciously post photos of ourselves on social networks, it's weird to have this reaction to a device that can potentially violate our privacy.)
I attended a hackathon where one of my teammates was wearing Google Glass and I had the opportunity to not only talk to her extensively about it, but to get to know her as well. She showed me how to use it and even let me wear it, though I had trouble getting it to function -- I'm nearsighted to the point of being unable to see the screen itself, and when I wore it over my prescription glasses, the Glass wasn't close enough to detect my face. But it did make me more comfortable to see how she interacted with it. It was especially handy with taking POV pictures when she was soldering a circuit and both of her hands were occupied.
It may be that it is more obvious than one might expect that a Glass wearer is recording video, but even after observing someone use Glass for two days, I still couldn't tell if a random person wearing Glass is recording or not. But regardless, I think that it shouldn't be for normal people to learn how Glass works, but rather Glass wearers to be extremely sensitive to the reactions of people around them. It sounded to me as though the journalist in question observed people being uncomfortable with her wearing Google Glass, with the thought of being recorded -- so she proceeded to record them. I can't even fathom her lack of sensitivity or manners.
I've always been somewhat leery of being recorded by strangers. I duck out of photographs that tourists are taking that I happen to walk behind. If someone is holding up their cellphone on the bus, I'll try to get out of the line of their rear-facing camera, that all-seeing eye. All in all, I find strangers with Google Glass discomfiting. I don't know them -- I don't know what their purposes or aims are. The propensity for easy recording makes the device all the more worse than cameras or phones.
If my friend holds up a phone to get a picture, I can always ask them to not take it, or to not post it. I think that a stranger shouldn't even try without explicit permission first. And if a Glass wearer enters my environment, they shouldn't be surprised if I ask them to remove the device in order to interact with me -- or if I leave.
Even though the people in the bar appear to have been rude instantly (the initial interactions were not recorded) she should have recognized that she was using technology that might make some people uncomfortable and be respectful of that fact. Instead she started recording and intentionally challenged them by doing so.
In my opinion, the right thing to do would have been NOT to start recording and to let them know that she wasn't recording. If they still were being abusive then she could have gone to security or left.
Either way, this is a new technology and I imagine that there's going to be a fair amount of noise from both sides, some adaptation will be required, even possibly legislation in the near future regarding this kind of tech, privacy, etc.
Google needs to get their facial recognition technology to work with this so that people with Google accounts can opt out of being recorded... when the videos are uploaded to the internet Google's servers could look for these people and fuzz their faces out.
The simple rule of "don't be a jerk in a bar" applies here, it just happens to involve Google Glass too.
That said, I feel like there's some sort of fishy component about this story. It just seems a bit too convenient and seems to perfectly fit the clueless-gentrifying-tech-worker narrative. (And sort of reminds me of this: sfist.com/2013/12/09/this_city_for_the_right_kind_...)
I agree, Dave. I don't understand that whole movement. I find it just as stupid as Tom Perkins saying the treatment of the 1% is like the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany (ok, his view is stupider, but both sides are dumb).
That's not to say that there isn't a weird amount of hatred for Google Glass out there, but this case seems to be more about people making bad decisions than it is about technology. I don't care what's happening, if I had a delicate $1500 item on my person, the second people start getting excitable I'm going to scram.