One Nation, Under Google, With Data Collection on All
Remember when Google said ‘Don’t Be Evil’ and seemed to mean it?
They never meant it. Not then, not now, now ever. Not really, at least if evil interfered with making money.
Imagine if Google or Facebook decided to install their own CCTV cameras everywhere, gathering data about our movements, recording our lives and joining up every camera in the land in one giant control room. It’s Orwellian surveillance with fluffier branding. And this isn’t just video surveillance – Glass uses audio recording too. For added impact, if you’re not content with Google analysing the data, the person can share it to social media as they see fit too.
Yet that is the reality of Google Glass. Everything you see, Google sees. You don’t own the data, you don’t control the data and you definitely don’t know what happens to the data. Put another way – what would you say if instead of it being Google Glass, it was Government Glass? A revolutionary way of improving public services, some may say. Call me a cynic, but I don’t think it’d have much success.
Although this technology might eliminate the ongoing requirement for Dear Reader’s myriad teleprompters, the reaction to Google Glass should be simple: Reject it. We don’t get fooled again and all that.
Google Glass: wear it to the bathroom, the bedroom, the barroom, the locker room, and the boardroom. And wherever you go, you’ll have the confidence of Google not being evil there with you.
Let’s get real. Google was, is, and always will be about the money. In the case of Google Glass, it’s a clear and creepy confluence of the money stream with the data banks to form the mighty river of Google.
And George Orwell remains the world’s most accurate secular prophet.