Although we talk a lot about the technological tipping point known as the Singularity, as well as a number of new technologies that could potentially kick off a science fiction-style face off against our machines, the fact is, being an anti-technology Luddite simply isn't cool. However, that may be about to change. A site has risen to prominence in recent days that bases its entire premise on the rejection of Google Glass and all who would wear the device.
Titled "Stop The Cyborgs," the site, which does not identify its creator or associates, was launched just last week and puts forth a manifesto designed to highlight the creeping lack of privacy Glass may end up facilitating. On its About page, the idea behind the site is described as a "response to the Google Glass project and other technology trends" to "stop a future in which privacy is impossible and corporate control total."
Despite the seemingly alarmist nature of the site's manifesto, the site actually makes several solid arguments, most noticeably focusing on the issues of cloud data privacy concerns, being surreptitiously photographed by anyone wearing Glass, and the notion of one's aggregate online persona possibly being used to unfairly profile that person offline. And while the site takes aim at Glass and devices like it, the creator/creators of the site are careful to point out that we should make allowances for those with disabilities who, as a matter of necessity, may have no choice but to use such a device. The site also offers free downloads of logos that can be used by businesses looking to prohibit the use of Glass on their property, and sells T-shirts that show off the site's anti-Glass logo.
Cynics will likely tag the T-shirt angle as the primary, profit-focused motive for the site, but given the frequent posts, passionate stance, and relatively well-informed approach to the subject, it appears that, at the very least, the person/persons behind the site really do feel that Glass may not be a good thing for the public in the long run. Of course, until the $1,500 price tag is reduced and Glass is made available to the public, as some reports have indicated, we won't know if this site represents the majority opinion or will merely serve as weak resistance to the inevitable next phase of smart devices.
Via Stop The Cyborgs