Thursday, April 5, 2012

Augmented Reality - Google "Glass"

Augmented reality is not a new concept, however we have just come to a point where today's technology are able to implement the features in a way that will make it work for the layman.

This will be the first of several segments on Google "Glass", and the problems that are inherently built into the devices, and programs. Problems that could be accidental, or intentionally placed there as a back door into our lives. 

*As of April 5th, 2012 this video has begun to go viral, being picked up by several news agencies.

One especially creepy aspect is in the last scene, where the character we are following is able to share his view of the sunset with another person.  This could be modified to allow anyone to see exactly what another person is viewing, and doing. Regardless of if the police want to catch crime by seeing drug deals sell drugs, or they simply want to see images of naked women, a tactic borrowed from the T.S.A.

Technology is growing at a staggering rate, and the amount of people who have significant computing skills is growing every day, thanks in part to the availability of devices such as iPhones, and iPads. Combined this with the power of the masses, such as the hacktivist group Anonymous, and you could end up with major security breaches.

Cell phone calls, and records have already been hacked. The Murdoch example is just one of many, Another recent example is the hacked emails from Stratfor. Each of these security breaches is significant, however imagine how much more severe it would be if someone could see what you are seeing, exactly where you are, etc.

A cloned device that only shows what the original device is "seeing" or doing would allow people to know exactly where a person is, who they are with, when they will be home, and a host of other issues. 

This article was a quick introduction in Google's Glass program, and some of the implications it imposes. Over the next few days, and weeks, more in depth articles will be written showing just how slippery a slope the Glass project can be. 



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