In The Guardian which hangs expectantly in my letter box each morning when I get up, a recent article on Google Glass, the latest product in wearable computing. There’s a picture of Google’s Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google wearing what looks like a pair of glasses with the lenses removed, and a little camera attachment added. The “glasses” can take photos or video and are voice controlled “OK glass, take a picture” is one of the examples cited in the article. Now, this sounds like my sort of technology. On this blog, I’ve commented more than once that, while out on my bike, if I could only blink my eye and take a photo, I’d get great shots, like the other day, out with my mate John, and a buzzard flew just over John’s head. I’d never get this shot with my SLR camera or my phone camera. So, potentially a great new toy for us? The concerns in the article are about privacy and the author gives an example of a Glass wearer in a cafe, taking a video of the people there – without their knowledge of permission. Not only does this breach privacy but the fact that Google will retain all the footage taken by the Glass, is also potentially worrying e.g. what will Google do with all the video/photos? Of course, this could happen with a mobile phone in the same cafe but the argument is that we are more likely to see people videoing us in the cafe, than we are to notice the Glass, which will be developed to be part of normal glasses and indistinguishable from them. Technology and privacy is not a new problem, of course, but it would be good if some guarantees on privacy were forthcoming from Google.
In Dunbar today, it’s very dull, raining on and off, and there’s a strong north easterly wind coming off the sea. It’s what we call a dreich (pronunciation) day in Scotland. The sea is a deep metallic grey and the sky is a a mix of dull white in parts, with lumps of dark grey cloud whizzing by. The wind will cut your face if you face east for long enough. There’s a biggish tide rolling in and an endless succession of white waves are fighting each other to get to the shore first. My grandfather used to say “Aye, it’s a day for the fire” i.e. sitting around a coal fire. Having said that, my wife went for a run this morning and I’m going cycling tomorrow when the forecast is the same, only a stronger wind. Photos 1 and 2 show the scene from the back of our house.
As Sunday is Mother’s Day in the UK, flowers arrived yesterday from our son, daughter in law and grandchildren in Dubai. Photos 3 and 4 show the flowers as a whole and a close up of one of the roses. If you look closely at the rose, could that be a Google Glass filming you from the middle of the flower?