A group called "Stop the Cyborgs" have launched a campaign against Google Glass and other augmented reality gadgets. The campaign is based upon a 'loss of privacy'.
Google glasses, as the Digital Journal reported, are a new technology in development where the wearer can use the special spectacles to take pictures and record video, as well as share content directly via email or social networks. According to The Verge the glasses, when they are launched in 2014, will retail for less than $1,500.
The idea of the technology has so far triggered a range of reactions from excitement to health and safety concerns (see Leigh Goessl's report on the potential risks of driving whilst wearing the high-tech specs). In November 2012, Glass received recognition by Time Magazine as one of the "Best Inventions of the Year 2012", alongside inventions such as the Curiosity Rover.
Now criticism has been leveled from a new angle: privacy. The BBC reports that a group called "Stop the Cyborgs" have produced posters so premises can warn wearers that the glasses are banned or recording is not permitted. The group's main concern is that people will be recorded by the wearers of Google glasses when they don't want to be. It may also be possible to instantly broadcast conversations. A second issue is that people wearing such eyewear may be able to identify strangers in public using facial recognition.
The campaign group have set up a website, where they outline their main concern and mission: "It's important for society and democracy that people can chat and live without fear that they might end up being published or prosecuted."
In addition, another website has a list of thirty-five arguments against Google glass. The top three arguments are:
1. It could destroy whatever shreds of privacy we have left.
2. It will turn the United States into a surveillance state.
3. It will hold more people needlessly accountable for easily pardonable activities.