Keeping An Eye On Google Keeping It's Eye On Us

Author / Interviewer

Angie Angel

Abstract

A short interview and corresponding article that was published in the Bungendore Mirror newspaper regarding my research endeavours and some facts and figures regarding where things are up to with Google Glass.

Publisher

Bungendore Mirror

Publication Date

15 January, 2014

Week

3

Page

3

Section

District News

Links

Bungendore Mirror - http://www.bungendoremirror.com.au

Archive.org - Download PDF

ISSU - http://issuu.com/bungendoremirror/docs/bm1403/1?e=3265235/6349486

Google Glass Lets Us Track and Be Tracked

Author

Angie Angel

Abstract

A short article by the Bungendore Mirror on Google Glass, my PhD studies and other more implications of this wearable technology.

Publisher

Bungendore Mirror

Publication Date

19th June, 2013

Week

25

Page

3

Section

District News

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LINKS

Article on G+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AlexanderHayes/photos/photo/5901602311195478194

ISSU - http://issuu.com/bungendoremirror/docs/bm_1325/1?e=3265235/3748875

Are We Ready To Live In An Uberveillance Society

Abstract

When Google Glass hits stores later this year, not only will it transform sunglasses from fashion accessory to wearable technology, it will cause a social revolution, says IEEE Technology & Society Magazine editor in chief, Associate Professor Katina Michael.

The Sci-Fi-looking, internet-connected eyewear can do everything a mobile phone can do (and more) with a simple voice command.

Beyond the obvious functions – snapping photos, recording video, send text messages and searching the internet – some of the most exciting uses include biofeedback (monitor your heart rate on your morning run), instruction (stream step-by-step video tutorials) and navigation (map out a route to the other side of the city or out of IKEA).

But Associate Professor Michael warns we are fast approaching an “Uberveillance” society. The next wave of innovations, she predicts, might even be implantable cameras – that are always on.

“Wearable devices like Google Glass allow users to record events and share them with members of their social network in near-real time. Users can also take photos, record audio and video and even store an image for automatic facial detection of their contact list. The possible apps are endless.”

Keywords

  • Uberveillance,

  • Google Glass,

  • Sousveillance,

  • Dataveillance,

  • Surveillance,

  • Social Implications,

  • Wearables,

  • Alexander Hayes,

  • Higher Education,

  • Implantables

Disciplines

Publication Date

April 18, 2013

Citation Information

UOW Media Unit, Alexander Hayes and Katina Michael. "Are We Ready to Live In An Uberveillance Society?" UOW Latest News (2013) Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kmichael/345/


Are we ready to live in an uberveillance society?

When Google Glass hits stores later this year, not only will it transform sunglasses from fashion accessory to wearable technology, it will cause a social revolution, says IEEE Technology & Society Magazine editor in chief, Associate Professor Katina Michael.

The Sci-Fi-looking, internet-connected eyewear can do everything a mobile phone can do (and more) with a simple voice command.

Beyond the obvious functions – snapping photos, recording video, send text messages and searching the internet – some of the most exciting uses include biofeedback (monitor your heart rate on your morning run), instruction (stream step-by-step video tutorials) and navigation (map out a route to the other side of the city or out of IKEA).

But Associate Professor Michael warns we are fast approaching an “Uberveillance” society. The next wave of innovations, she predicts, might even be implantable cameras – that are always on.

“Wearable devices like Google Glass allow users to record events and share them with members of their social network in near-real time. Users can also take photos, record audio and video and even store an image for automatic facial detection of their contact list. The possible apps are endless.”

Alexander Hayes, who is currently completing a PhD under Michael’s supervision, says his preliminary research has shown that wearable devices, like Google Glass, will replace current handheld technologies, such as the smartphone, in as little as five years time.

“Wearable technologies will increasingly become part of many activities across society, in essence becoming the norm rather than the exception.”

“We are likely to have one device connected to a multitude of service providers, for example, virtual medical practitioners,” says Alexander, who has just returned from Finland’s Aalto University, where he contributed to a high profile European emerging technologies research project.

Alexander’s research focuses on the impacts of wearable technologies on education, training and occupations.

He says that while these devices have many educational benefits, like enhancing mobile and distance education and enabling instruction for dangerous tasks in the workplace, he is worried that lawmakers are failing to keep up with the rapid uptake of these devices, which is already exploding in the extreme sports, military and medical sectors.

“The user needs to know boundaries as to when and where it's appropriate, or indeed permissible, for these technologies to be used and increasingly, as they become omnipresent and normalised, workplace policies need to be carefully instrumented, as do laws that govern the use of these technologies where they may have an adverse impact on others.”

Through his research, Alexander aims to provide organisations with recommendations on how to form responsible policies around the use of wearable technologies in the workplace and in educational environments.


The Internet Of Things: Smart People

Title 

The Internet of Things: Smart People 

Type 

Interview 

Date 

5th April, 2013 

Interviewer 

Elise Pitt 

Media Assistant Strategic Marketing & Communications Planning, Marketing & Communications Division 

University of Wollongong NSW 2522 

Suggested Citation

Hayes, A., 2013. The Internet of Things: Smart People. Available at: https://archive.org/details/2013TheInternetofThingsSmartPeople


Interview Questions 

Pitt: How do you see wearable technologies being used 5­10 years from now? 

Hayes: In 5 ­to 10 years time my preliminary findings have identified that we are likely to be wearing one device with a multiplicity of sensors / functions collecting data in a variety of forms and storing or transmitting this data via mobile networks constantly. I "see" current handheld technologies such as the smartphone becoming a head­worn device in the very near future, as digital glasses that are voice activated, location aware, augmented and network enabled. A device that has body­worn video, audio, motion and sensor features will benefit those who undertaking tasks in workplaces, interacting socially in public places and perhaps intimately connecting humanity as nodes of the "internet­ of ­things" ­ as smart people. 

Pitt: What are your three biggest concerns with emerging wearable technologies such as Google Glass? 

Hayes: Emergent wearable technologies present challenges for society as concerns for privacy, personal security and well­being are raised by those questioning the benefits, risks or harms that may arise from its use. Balanced and exhaustive research and development that engages key stakeholders in the perceived versus actual outcomes for emergent technology critically informs end users. My three biggest concerns with location aware digital glasses are in (1). rapid prototyping, manufacturing and distribution of digital glass products to end­ users that lack rigorous research and exhaustive human subject testing; (2) policy or law that restricts research projects examining how these technologies can be applied in a variety of scientific, social and creative contexts; (3) the impacts of emergent technologies more broadly on society. 

Pitt: How do you think society will change as a result of wearable technologies? 

Hayes: Society has adjusted to wearing time as a watch on the wrist, carrying hand­held smart phones that connect in an instant through an international network and the digitisation of knowledge that has fundamentally shifted how we conduct research and business worldwide. Wearable digital technologies are likewise becoming less visual interface dependent, less intrusive and increasingly connected seamlessly with other technologies that assist us with day ­to­day activities ie. smart pedometer watch that also measures heart rate, body temperature and pulse. My research examines how location aware body worn technologies are having an impact on education and training across a range of contexts, sectors and occupations. Wearable technologies will increasingly become part of many activities across society, in essence becoming the norm rather than the exception. We are likely to be one device connected to a multitude of service providers eg. virtual medical practitioners 

Pitt: Are there any good sides to these technologies? 

Hayes: There are many good sides to technology as there are bad. It is the end ­user who has to take responsibility for their actions using technology. It is the responsibility of the researcher to complement all activities that inform how these emergent technologies can be used and the likely impact that use will have upon society. Ultimately, collectively, all contributors in the supply chain are responsible for how these technologies are used for good and where possible to contribute to ensuring the bad is limited or eliminated. Emerging wearable technologies facilitate brilliant opportunities for everyone ie. health and likewise with carefully informed use will then be used for the benefit of humanity as a whole. 

Pitt: What policies do you think should be in place to protect users/all citizens? 

Hayes: Policies need to be carefully instrumented, as do laws that govern the use of these technologies where they may have an adverse impact on others. Digital glasses for instance might infringe on the rights of those not wishing to become the subject in a photo capture or video recording. Our fundamental rights as law­ abiding citizens should be first and foremost in any policy making activity. Emergent technologies that capture, save, broadcast or transmit data that contains others as subject whether proximally or by intent can be intrusive, disruptive and even illegal in many settings. The user needs to know boundaries as to when and where it's appropriate or indeed permissible for these technologies to be used and increasingly, as these technologies become omnipresent and normalised so do policy and laws governing the use of the technology need to be accommodated. The ubiquitous trajectory of these emergent technologies is fast changing what is culturally acceptable in many parts of the world and the manner in which networked service suppliers connect with these wearable devices changes our own individual concept of rights as the user irrespective of the location or circumstance. We are likely to see a rise in cases where emergent technologies cause friction and unrest in society before those technologies become situated in everyday life.