The issue for me is not looking nerdy, but a ham handed attempt by Google to redefine social norms of what is acceptable behavior for conversation: shared by mutual consent but not recorded. And a norm for privacy: overheard by others within the sound of your voice when in a public place, otherwise private.
People naturally adjust what they say and how they say it depending on who they talk too and where they say it.
I object to the notion that pointing a camera in someone's face with a permanent record potentially going to someone's Cloud is socially acceptable behavior.
I don't always want people to have to assume they're always speaking on the record without consent, with access to that permanent, sharable audio and video record controlled by friends, government, or Google's drive to mine and monitarize the record.
"But we have cameras and smartphones." Which are clearly raised and pointed in your direction as an overt signal, infrequently and by mutual consent (walk away if you object).
"But you can see if the screen is lit." I don't care what you're watching, and don't want to continually scan folk I'm talking with. I assume a hack is not that hard.
"But we have stealthy tech that's less obvious." Used by spies, sociopaths, and perverts. Not your friends, collegues, and normal people in everyday life. Google's goal seems to be mass market acceptance.
"But it's my job!" If you're a doctor at work, a journalist doing an interview, or a technician in a factory, that's fine. But please take off your Glass when you leave work.
"But I'm your friend!" Yes, and I trust you. You don't have to take off you Glass and feel free to turn it on if you wish. I'd still appreciate it if you ask before recording. And wearing Glass has a chilling effect on how I talk, even with you. If I don't know or trust you, feel free to ask about the weather or directions.
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