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Are you ready for the Google Glass generation?

Google Glass brings online to a whole new level. Imagine billions of people walking around recording and uploading video "live". No more secrets! People at work, people at play, people exploring and all that data available live to everyone. Another level of video search called "live search". If you want to find out what someone is doing simply type in their name and you can see what they see and do.

Summation: What did we learn about Google glasses?
A) A lot of you like any technology that will bring more information within our reach, information is power.
B) Lots of you are concerned about privacy issues. You like your freedom.
C) Most of you are concerned about the government getting and misusing our information.
I congratulate all of you for your well made points and I have learned what a awesome group of intelligent analysts we have here at TED. TY one and all.

Think of it this way: You are watching each other, the government is watching you, you are watching the government, the government is also watching you watch the government, the government is watching the government, the government is also watching other governments that are watching our government and God is watching all of this an laughing her ass off as she thinks "at least they are easy to entertain".


Closing Statement from Keith W Henline

Think of it this way: You are watching each other, the government is watching you, you are watching the government, the government is also watching you watch the government, the government is watching the government, the government is also watching other governments that are watching our government and God is watching all of this an laughing her ass off as she thinks "at least they are easy to entertain".

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    Jul 19 2013: Can't wait. Wish it were already here...
    It would give a boost to collaboration and human understanding.
    But generate much pulp as well... it's even more information overflow

    If it goes hand in hand with the transparency of government and companies, then it would be even better.

    We might feel uncomfortable... but if everybody would be naked (in a broad sense) all the time, we would be used to it and consider it normal...

    But such a radical openness might be too big to handle... as social media doesn't give a complete image of who we are, what we fear or where our weaknesses lie. We still want to find ways to portray ourselves better or more beautiful... we still want to lie and benefit from deceit... we still want to do things in secrecy those things that are considered illegal, we still want to cheat our partners (or wishing we hadn't found out about it or be so jealous about it) and profit from those we can profit from.
    We are ashamed if we do something against the social norms when it is found out, or we fear reprisal from others who reject our behavior...

    Transparency has the potential to let us accept our mistakes and silly or perverted behavior of ourselves and our brothers and sisters... it has the potential to increase collaboration. It has the potential to reduce bigotry.

    Can we humans handle it? We were not biologically prepared for this... but to me, it's worth a try.
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      Jul 19 2013: Christophe Cop, it is fellows like you who along with our youth that give me great hope in the human race. I would lay odds that you are a great promoter of our youth and the new tech generation. Having spent 20 years in Hawaii and as much of that time as possible naked I must agree with you both literally and philosophically.
    • Jul 20 2013: It would also give a boost to exploitative and predatory behaviour. If everyone knew what everyone else was doing and learn all their secrets there will undoubtably be many people who would be bullied and hurt, secrets are secrets for a reason.
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      Jul 22 2013: Hi Christophe,

      I agree that organisational transparency will definitely be of help, but radical personal opennes is something that I'm a bit skeptical towards. Everybody has their idiosyncracies and some form of behaviour that might be considered eccentric for others. Should everybody go around fearing reprisal for them? When it comes to social norms - in some countries and in some cultures normal behaviour or civil rights that we all enjoy are considered illegal. Would this technology be a tool for finding out about theem in order to punish the perpetrators or maybe, just maybe, help eradicate the unreasonable judgments and help bring civil rights to places where they are not yet a norm?

      "Transparency has the potential to let us accept our mistakes and silly or perverted behavior of ourselves and our brothers and sisters... it has the potential to increase collaboration. It has the potential to reduce bigotry. "

      I very much agree but for some reason the idea of wearable computers reminds me of a short story by Vonnegut and TV-movie based on it - Harrison Bergeron. It's a story featering a dystopian, future society. In a film version everybody wears a band on their heads that are obligatory and illegal to take off. In the story itself citizens have earpieces and other "handicaps". The government controls the bands/earpieces and is able to distract intelligent humans using radio signals which effectively prevents deep, analytical thought.

      Just an association.
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        Jul 26 2013: I think we should be skeptical about radical openness,
        I do mean that it is open to everybody, not just a government or organisation
        and we should all have our democratic contribution and laws made around it, that we co-create and debate, and test and dare to fail and learn and optimize...
    • Aug 5 2013: I can't agree more!
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    Jul 17 2013: It could be worse. What if Google Glass doesn't even last a full generation and before we even had a chance to adapt, to establish social norms and institute legislature, more radical technology emerges? How long until the glasses are yesterday's technology, because you have a contact lens that does the same stuff without the nerdy frame, and past that it is only a matter of time until that type of technology is something we wear within our bodies. Soon, people will be 'hooking up' in an entirely different way.

    My recommendation, is for everyone to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and drop all their bad habits so that they can add as much time as possible onto their life because things are only going to get crazier and crazier, maybe for better, maybe for worse, but definitely much, much crazier and if you're like me you want to be around to see it. World history is a page turner.
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  • Jul 29 2013: There is a bigger picture being painted and we're failing to see it. John Locke believed that people would be more than willing to sacrifice freedom for protection, and thought that to be human nature if I'm not mistaken. He wasn't wrong, nor were the others who proved otherwise.

    Google Glass although a great technological advancement, is also going to lead us to a very dark future. When the government okays UAVs flying over the nation, and has access to our google glass feeds, along with our facebook, twitter, instagram and other social networks, we are left with nothing. Our minds will no longer belong to us.
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      Jul 29 2013: You do realize that all that surveillance watches them as well and it only takes one disgruntled employee out of the hundreds of thousands with access to it to dump it all. Does the name Snowden or Manning or Assange ring a bell? These are just the ones we know about that are ruffling fed feathers. What about the thousands of brilliant spies from other countries who are silently siphoning off any data they want at any time? Sooner or later they will realize that the best security is to open source all of it and instead of stifling technology, actually use it to advance the entire world instead of only a few. It's greed that got us all in this position in the first place. We are not going to dig our way out with more greed!
      • Aug 3 2013: Yes, but we have more people willing to bend over and take it then those who would put their life on the line. Then there are those who's minds are so clouded by illusions from the government that they will line up against the truth, claiming it was an attack on "America".
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          Aug 3 2013: Bottom line, "If you want to keep a secret, don't tell anyone"! Once you put it in digital form, I don't care where you hide it, it is no longer a secret!
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    Jul 24 2013: Keith, I for one have absolutely no interest in being in touch with all the coming and goings of others where about, no interest in keeping informed with up to the nano second events of the world, no interest in viewing reality through a glass object and/or a screen, no interest as to who or any of the "who's" maybe watching me, no interest nor need to sent any thing into a "cloud" for safe keeping. I do appreciate the availability the internet has allowed me to communicate with others such a TED members, looking up an answer to a particular piece of information,A Cell phone allows me to be in touch with my children where ever and when ever (I am careful not to over-do like a hovering mom) all the rest are unnecessary bells and whistles much like the car industry has done "for the last hundred years". good heavens like my life is not busy enough keeping pace of what is right in front of me!
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      Jul 24 2013: "I'm passionate about our youth"- mary ellen johnson

      Your heart is in the right place Mary, that's good enough for me. :)
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    Jul 23 2013: This mass surveillance angle is so creepy.
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      Jul 24 2013: It has always been creepy and it has always been going on. The difference is instead of the government taking pictures of us, we are taking pictures of them.
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        Jul 24 2013: Hm.

        Your comment reminded me of a talk entitled FBI - here I am, you can find it here on TED. In the talk, among other things, the following paradox is mentioned - You are not allowed to take photographs of federal buildings... but google will do it for you.
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          Jul 26 2013: Thanks Anna I did enjoy the video and I can relate to his frustration. I used to take our intrusive government personally but I have found it is a waste of my time. The employees do not care as long as they are paid and neither do the higher ups as it just validates there moronic positions. They are both just like any other animal, if you feed them they will do anything to please you even if it is hop on one leg and bark like a dog (remember the wedding scene in Coming to America?)
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        Jul 26 2013: I think I'm past caring myself, at least for the time being.
        I haven't seen it, is it a film?
    • Jul 30 2013: its not just creepy its terrifying and completely possible and likely
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    Jul 22 2013: If it pays for itself then it's worth it. Might be best to wait til the third model release.
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      Jul 22 2013: I bought a Canon SX30is with a 35X zoom lens, the problem? Other parts of the camera did not match the performance of the lens. Next year I bought a Canon SX40hs, perfect they fixed all the problems in the 30 model. Last year they made the SX50hs with a 50X zoom lens, the problem? Other parts of the camera did not match the performance of the lens. This year if the pattern continues it will be a perfect match again.
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    Jul 19 2013: Here is something worth considering. In some states, 12 perhaps, the police will tell you not to film them, and for a good reason.

    The court ruled that the eavesdropping law in Illinois was unconstitutional, but the State appealed the ruling.
    Police can record but they are "above the law." Not even the media is exempt.

    How would Google Glasses change this?

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      Jul 19 2013: Well ..

      Prison is sometimes the best place to overthrow an entire nation .. Mandela seems to have done it.

      But it requires other nations, economics and politics to take it out of reality and into a nicely packaged myth.

      You really should stop talking and start doing some massive civil unrest about this stuff.

      USA is not the only place. We all need to get ready.

      The cameras are all pointing the wrong way.
    • Jul 19 2013: Theodore,

      maybe we should tell the police, what the NSA tells us, if you've got nothing to hide....

      and if everyone has google glasses, what are they going to do... arrest everyone?
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      Jul 19 2013: This is the way laws get changed. But you have to go to the source. You have to make the people who make the laws very uncomfortable, get there paycheck involved, that is an attention getter. Better yet, run for office and change the laws yourself.
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    Jul 16 2013: rampant consumerism. george orwell was right about everything except one - big brother wasn't forced on anyone. most of the sheep in people clothing have willingly paid for it..
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      Jul 17 2013: Their plan has worked well so far, they calculated correctly that the American People are as gullible as sheep following the leader off the cliff. They knew how patriotic we are and that as long as they distracted us with war they could sneak around in secret meeting rooms robbing our country blind. They knew we believed in and would support our leaders at all costs even after we catch them time after time stripping away our rights and re-writing our constitution to suite their corporate needs. They thought we did not notice how our government agencies that were supposed to protect us have been stripped of power and the people who did represent us were replaced by Corporate Yes-men. They did not think we noticed that the banks that store our wealth have used it as their own personal casino bankroll so they can play the stock market without limits. When they lose it is our money, when they win it is their money.

      What George and the corporations did not count on was the resilience of the American People. We trusted the corporations and government because of force of habit but now that the evidence of corruption is so overwhelming, now that we see the cliff coming, now that we know without a doubt we can no longer trust them, WE WILL ACT.
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        Jul 17 2013: all around the world, it feels like change is coming. that is always a difficult period but ultimately, the very technology that governments are using to watch the people will be the catalyst for change.

        We have similar things happening in New Zealand. Our current govt have just sold out to a gambling corporation and gone so far as to amend the law so that future governments cannot rescind in future. Absolutely disgusting.

        Power to the People.
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          Jul 17 2013: Ultimately the best solutions always come from education. If enough people are educated the problems will solve themselves. "Our only adversary is ignorance"- KWH, "Let the problem choose the solution"- KWH, "Answers appear when the problem is clear"- KWH, "Simple problems solve complex problems"- KWH

          Keep in touch. When one person speaks it is like a rain drop. When two people agree it is like a puddle. When three or more agree it is like a river picking up speed and power everywhere it goes seeking justice.
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    Jul 16 2013: why do people think google glass will destroy privacy can't people walk around with a camera?
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      Jul 16 2013: It is not the device that is the problem, yet. Right now it is where and how you transmit the data. As soon as you go to wifi or any other transmission through the air, our government has all that data. As soon as you share it on the internet, the government has all that data. If you will read what you are signing when you agree to terms and conditions of any software you will find that your data now belongs to them and they can do anything they want with it. It is not just Google Glass, it is anything you do on the internet and it has been going on for a long, long time. When you use "FREE" software it is NOT free, you pay a price and that price is your freedom.
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    Jul 16 2013: Is there any choice?

    It is going to happen whether you are ready or not.
    Be prepared or wait for it to happen and than act. Either way it is acceptable.
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      Jul 16 2013: You are so right Adesh the cat is out of the bag so if Google does not follow up then someone else will.
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    Jul 16 2013: It is going to be obnoxious an unbearable.
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      Jul 16 2013: Funny, that's just the way I would describe Iphones or cell phones for that matter..
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        Jul 16 2013: I got the response to your response to my comment (I think . . . ). How would we know that Google Glass would be obnoxious or unbearable? Pretty soon the customers of Google Glass eyewear will demand that they become indistinguishable from any other kind of fashion eye wear. Right now, you can spot someone wearing Google Glass eyeglasses. But how long is that going to last?


        If I could afford Google Glass, I'm not sure I'd get them. But if I could afford them, I would want them to look EXACTLY like any other eyewear that I own or might choose to wear! Why draw the negative attention to yourself.

        And why not have all the advantages of wearing Google eyewear w/o anyone else knowing or suspecting! WHAT are the implications of that?
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    Jul 15 2013: Google glasses isn't worth it, it cam distract drivers, hurt your eyes, and you can't share it with anyone since it scans the user's eyes. If you share it with anyone the glasses will stop working, the idea is very dumb.
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      Jul 15 2013: Andrew I agree they should not be used while driving because of the distraction, I don't understand how they hurt the eyes, you can share with others after the fact, the scanning as I understand it is the whole face to interface with face recognition identification and I know of no parameters that will stop the glasses from working. My apologies for my prior remark, there are a lot of fake people on TED as you well know.
      The idea, dumb or not is out there and someone will follow up on it one way or another.
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        Jul 15 2013: Me, I'd have to add meds to make that work! Check out my comments above. What do you think about the cops having Google Glass? Would that have changed things for Travon Martin if he had been wearing Google Glass?

        What if every young black man in America wore a hoodie & his Google Glass every single time they went outside on the street? Might that cut back on those harassing/profiling traffic stops I have heard young black men describe as: "Driving while black!"

        Might there be something to that?
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          Jul 16 2013: This is not a response to your comment, go up to your comment for a response to your comment.
  • Jul 14 2013: Google glass, i love that idea. i know that for the moment is in her first steps, but think about what are we going to achieve with them. we are going to change the way we learn and store information, and be more open to the world. Space and time, i think that we have to remodel that and a lot of things in our life... technology has always moved in a new level like the first wheel to the Google glass's. The ethic about how are we going to use it is a different thing, and i dont know if we are all ready, but things are not perfect either.
  • Aug 5 2013: In my opinion,Perhaps the answer depends on the ways we think and the thoughts settled in our mind.

    For example,short haired men were to be punished and even to be killed in ancient china,but in today's china, it's allowed. Right or wrong,willing or unwilling to be exposed in public mostly depend on how we think of the idea. Maybe a long time pasts,most of people will love the google glass.

    I'm not an Chinese ~~ my English is not that good......
  • Jul 31 2013: First, "No more secret", I think it's so dangerous if we expose every private things.Secondly, May that wearable device do my brain harm if wearing it regularly ?
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      Jul 31 2013: According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day!

      I am wondering if you ask the same question about TV?
      Percentage of Americans who can name The Three Stooges: 59
      Percentage who can name at least three justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: 17
  • Jul 31 2013: The gossip starts here.

    Will Google try to extract itself from the clutches of the NSA and DHS Prism programs?

    Will Congress's delay until September to debate shutting down US phone and computer
    snooping spying surveillance programs give the Military a chance to forestall any change?

    Will the Military Partner's those Giant Corporations in the telephonic, computer and weapons fields
    give up the lucrative Army IA, NSA, and DHS, and other secret US Government cloud snooping
    spying and surveillance programs

    Does anyone care what the names of these Giant Partner Corporation are?
    The cloud sounds great. But has anyone read the Microsoft employee Memo?
    The part down about the middle where the CEO states who the two customers
    are? You and I, and... and... ???
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      Jul 31 2013: Corporations have been trying to escape the clutches of the government since George Washington was around and they finally have. They simply bought and paid for the government in cash, not there cash of course, our cash (that is a whole other subject).
      Every time a company starts doing well the government drops by and asks for their cut (I’m not talking about taxes, you know what I mean, they make them an offer they cannot refuse). Every major company in America has been through it: Energy, Transportation, Education, Medical, Agriculture, Aerospace, etc. and now computers! Just think of all the cabinet positions, everyone is run by a CEO and everyone is the run like the families in the Mafia. Everyone represents a company or more that tried to fight the government and lost, they all lose sooner or later. The Mafia did not go anywhere, they just sold there dealings to the gangs, turned in there pinstripes for Gucci then run for office. Who would vote for the Mafia? “It’s not who votes that counts, it’s who counts the votes”- Joseph Stalin
      • Jul 31 2013: Keith W Henline 30+
        if you spelt your name with another "i" Heinline,
        I would have probably known you in the past.

        “It’s not who votes that counts, it’s who counts the votes”- Joseph Stalin
        Then - it was true. Today probably not, but for 3 very good reasons.

        Both Parties pay enormous Advertising Bills to the Media.
        They control the Media.
        Both Parties select who will run for any office.
        They control the Politicians.
        Both Parties split the Government down the center.
        They control the People.
        However, like the Rome of 68,69,70 olden times, Government may
        have overlooked the Military.

        Now that the Military has all the money it needs, and the weaponry,
        and can spy, and snoop on the peoples and the government peoples
        without restriction, and have their own secret FISA court to approve
        what they want, 780 requests to spy, 779 approved to spy, 1 withdrawn.
        And without anyone allowed to defend or represent the people....,
        ..The time is right for a very touchy situation.

        The Congress says they will debate the NSA matter in September.
        After their August vacation. It might be too late.

        So I suppose the choice is between the Advertiser, and the Snooper.

        The Snooper doesn't need to advertise, and doesn't need your vote.
  • Jul 30 2013: a very scary thought i am not sure if I would ever wear google glass although there are many cool things about it
  • Jul 28 2013: yeh we are, but the world has ended in ways which should humble the vain
  • Jul 27 2013: another world changer, good and bad, great for me as an individual but 1984 implications are staggering
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      Jul 28 2013: Predictions of the "the end of the world" are as old as the world, we are still here and will be for another ten thousand years, end of story.

      When I die in ten thousand years, put this on my grave! And when you do you can think to yourself "Damn, the son-of-a-bitch was right and he does not look a day over five thousand years old".
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    Jul 27 2013: I can't wait to try them out and let my imagination run wild with the software possibilities. It's too early to tell if this will be another "Apple Newton" (a total failure too ahead of its time) or an "Apple iPhone" (paradigm shift).

    As an inventor, nothing gets me more excited than a whole new world to play in.
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      Jul 27 2013: I read your comments on the NSA and you have a very realistic view of our present system. Personally I as a matter of habit I usually wait for the third or fourth reiteration of a product before I step in to avoid being used as a guinea pig. By that time they have usually worked out most of the problems with the original concept. Being an inventor you do not always have that luxury as time is money and there is no such thing as second.
  • Jul 27 2013: Oh,that is cool!!!It is time for us to have a completely change in our lives,just wait and see...
  • Jul 24 2013: why do people think google glass will destroy privacy can't people walk around with a camera?
    • Jul 29 2013: That camera has access to the internet in real time, so you're feed is broadcasted live. The government will be able to tap into it at any time they please and the American people will just bend over and take it. They already have access to your phone, email, and social network accounts which is where most of your lives/thoughts are, unless you're one of the few who are trying to live outside the matrix. They plan on allowing UAVs over the nation for surveillance. Cameras over head and cameras on the ground, you're not left with much really.

      It's happening so subtly and you're not seeing it.
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      Jul 23 2013: I would assume they will play anything on the net.
    • Jul 25 2013: Would a side effect also be people walking into phone polls as well as each other?
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        • Jul 25 2013: Thats crazy..i was watching qvc and they had this wireless miniscreen thats connected to your tv subscription that allows you to take it with you anywhere within the house......the more you keep your face glued to a screen the more crap they can sell you the more you miss out on the world around you.....when they have google contact lenses thats when im jumpin on the wagon..CRAZY!!! MUST CONSUME LARGE QUANTITIES!!!lol!
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    Jul 22 2013: Hi Keith,

    Just a link here, you might also be interested in the glass parodies at the bottom of the page:

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      Jul 22 2013: TY Anna but it is quiet obvious that the video was all staged for negative propaganda on this technology. People wearing them have a wide range of vision so if they walk into something it because they chose to, unlike the iphone where people are concentrating on the small screen and become oblivious to the world around them. Pilots have been using similar technology for years to the point where they could not possibly fly and perform the functions needed to do their jobs without it. "You don’t have time to think up there. If you think, you’re dead"- Maverick (Top Gun) The new technology on say a F-22 Raptor is light years ahead of fighters even twenty years ago and next generation will simply be much to fast for any human to endure.

      The new generation of fighter jets are already taking off of our aircraft carriers, flying a mission and landing with no one aboard. How long before there is no one aboard the aircraft carrier? Google glass? They are like children's toys compared to technology that is already here.
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        Jul 22 2013: That was exactly what is says it was and that is - a parody. A parody is not necessarily negative propaganda, more a humoristic interpretation.

        You can also use similar technology in flight simulators.
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          Jul 22 2013: Please pardon me Anna, I actually love the parody style but since I talk to so many people with such a wide range of understanding including children that if I do not say what I mean and mean what I say the message can easily get lost in the translation.
          Even at TED the audience covers the globe and although the educated ones understand parodies and sarcasm, another one of my favorites, not all are privy to those styles and can easily be offended.

          Wow what a background you have, my guess is you are prepared to meet any challenge.
          "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."- Friedrich Nietzsche
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        Jul 24 2013: No worries.

        Here's a link to a TEDx talk with a lot of insight on what technology and our being online does and how it changes us:

        "Online connections bring so many bounties. But our lives of continuous connection also leave us vulnerable.

        Often we are too busy communicating to think, too busy communicating to create, too busy communicating to connect to the people we're with in the ways that would really count.
        In continual contact, we're alone together."

        Will Google Glass enhance this or change this tendency? What will the consequences be? Will be be able to sit and think uninterrupted?


        Will we be consumed by what we are nourished by, as mentioned in the talk?
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          Jul 24 2013: Thank you Anna, the talk was right on the mark. I have found myself in that position many times of real live people walking in, my door is almost always open, in the middle of a online conversation and actually being annoyed at the interruption. Another human being cared enough and took the time out of their schedule to come and see me and I am annoyed and then once I interrupt what I am doing to make time for them, they get a call and ignore me, now I am really annoyed.
          Did you notice that ever word she spoke was read from her speech? It reminded me of a college professor who used to record his lectures and then start the recorder and walk away until he came back and the room was empty of students, only there recorders were there recording his recorder.
          I don't know if they do it yet but I imagine a day when professors will put all there lectures online and neither the student or the professor need to be at class. Evergreen State College was the first college in which attendance was optional. The professors did not care where you obtained your knowledge, if you thought your time was better spent learning at another location or even at home, that was OK. At the end of the course you were required to present a project that represented what you learned and it either passed or failed. They were the coolest professors I have ever met, they hired me to teach them for a couple of months about the new IBM computer system they bought, I was 22 years old. I have no degrees and yet here I was teaching a room full of professors, I was also offered a teaching job at another college but turned it down because they would not give me the same credits the students would get for attending my class.
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    Jul 22 2013: no doubt it is amazingly good .
    but i didnt try it yet but soon i il try it ;;;;
    but google glasses is un doubtly is rare one.
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      Jul 22 2013: Welcome to TED Ecra, TED is like a giant tool box. If you look around you can find the tools to fix anything.
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        Jul 23 2013: you are some how right why not