#352 March 10, 2014 – Google Glass and other Invasive Technologies

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This week’s headline story: Google Glass and other Invasive Technologies

google-glass-banGoogle Glass, the augmented reality glasses from Google, is making its way into the hands of more and more people. While Glass is not yet publicly available, Google is getting more liberal in allowing individuals into its Glass Explorer program. It is estimated that Glass Explorers now number in the 10’s of thousands resulting in noticeably more people sporting Glass around in public. Glass’ ability to secretly take photos and video and instantly store or publish them online, has some people and businesses nervous. Several clubs around San Francisco have banned the use of Google Glass. One anti-Glass collective at stopthecyborgs.com provides free signs for businesses and individuals to download and use to ban Google Glass on their property. One Google Glass wearer claims she was attacked in a San Francisco bar by anti-Glass activists. Meanwhile, Google is being cautious with the marketing and distribution of Google Glass. Looking down the road, camera glasses may soon be considered a minor infringement on privacy compared to the capabilities of other emerging technologies.

Researchers at Oxford University believe that humanoid robots are likely to be walking around our streets in the next decade. They are meeting to explore the privacy concerns around surrogate robots in a project titled ‘Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces.’ Researchers like Dr. Ian Brown, believe that privacy should be embedded in robot design. According Dr. Brown, ‘When we begin to interact with friendly-looking humanoid robots, our expectations and assumptions shift. New questions arise about how much we trust these devices…. It is important, therefore, that we design robots that have privacy embedded into their design, so their information gathering is restricted to what is needed to interact and carry out their tasks, and information about the identity of their human users is kept to a minimum. Otherwise, these robot “friends” could betray the trust of the people they come into contact with, passing on information to third parties.’ Guess what big tech company invests the most in robotics research? The same company that brought us Google Glass.

and elsewhere in Tech News.

  • The Face Behind Bitcoin [Newsweek]

    Newsweek Says It’s Found Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto [Technology Review]

    Outed Bitcoin Creator Says “It Wasn’t Me!” [NewsFactor]

    Newsweek is claiming that it has cracked one of the biggest mysteries on the Internet and found the creator of Bitcoin. In its latest issue, the magazine reports that Bitcoin’s creator is a cranky 64-year-old Japanese-American programmer named Satoshi Nakamoto who resides in Southern California. Nakamoto, who goes by the name Dorian Prentice, wasn’t too enthusiastic about being discovered. In fact, when reporter Leah McGrath Goodman confronted him about Bitcoin, he called the police. Nakamoto insists that Newsweek got the wrong person.

  • Will PCs Be Dead and Gone by 2018? [NewsFactor]

    Some are predicting the end of the PC, as Worldwide PC shipments dipped 9.8% in 2013 the worst contraction on record. IDC is forecasting the continued decline of the PC over the next four years, due in part to the impact of slower economic growth, as well as pressure from tablets and smartphones.

  • Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future [MIT Tech Review]

    Electronic Arts is exploring virtual reality [Engadget]

    Immersive Virtual Reality is going mainstream. Headgear and data gloves that allow people to fully immerse themselves in virtual environments, have been around for nearly 30 years. So far, they have been priced out of reach unless you are a big corporation. Now companies like Oculus Rift are selling similar devices for hundreds rather than hundreds of thousands of dollars. Companies like game giant Electronic Arts are exploring applications to make VR headsets a common household item.

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and in Tech Industry news…

  • Getty Shifts to Plan B for Monetizing 35MM Images [Ecommerce Times]

    Popular stock photo vendor Getty is tired of people ripping off its images and illegally posting them online. The company has decided to turn lemons into lemonade by allowing people to post free copies of its images with the requirement that the images prominently credit Getty, and link back to the source at getty.com.

  • Kickstarter Bags a Billion Bucks [Ecommerce Times]

    Kickstarter has announced that it has surpassed $1 billion in pledges to crowdfund projects worldwide.

  • Apple Unveils CarPlay, Marrying iPhones with Cars [NewsFactor]

    Apple has unveiled CarPlay – a new system to connect iPhones to vehicles. Soon you will be able to interact with your car the way you interact with your iPhone, speaking commands to Siri to navigate maps, dictate messages, make phone calls and listen as Siri reads your text messages and email

  • Samsung Delivers Ad-Free Milk Music [NewsFactor]

    Samsung has released a new online radio service to compete with Pandora, Spotify and Apple iTunes Radio. It’s called Milk Music, and it provides 200 genre-based stations and 13 million songs, promising fewer repeats and no commercials.

and finally…

  • Samsung Phone Captures Golden Moment at the Oscars [Ecommerce Times]

    While Oscars host Ellen Degeneras didn’t take home any trophies, she did set a new record for photo views on Twitter. The selfie she posted on Twitter of herself with Hollywood stars live at the Oscars, temporarily overwhelmed Twitter and quickly became the most retweeted photo ever.

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