Lately there has been much talk about Google Glass, both in terms of functionality and privacy. These glasses that recall those of the Mountain View giant, lead the users to an augmented reality and allow the wearer to be hyperconnected.
Recent news come from the United States where a surgeon, Rafael Grossmann, that works at Eastern Maine Medical Center, says he has used these glasses in his operating rooms.
“I think it’s the first time that Google Glass has entered into an operating room, we were also able to show the endoscopic technique in a quick cheap manner” says Grossmann.
The whole operation was recorded step by step and shown in real time on the blog of the doctor, while omitting the patient’s identity, as had been previously agreed in the pre-operative phase.
“I wanted to prove – adds the doctor – that this is ‘an intuitive tool with great potential’ for health, especially for surgery. It could improve consultations within a team, favoring the opinion of experts from the outside, but also prove to be a useful teaching tool. ”
What has been causing controversies with Google Glass has been the recent debacle of people that were being viewed through them, without knowing about it. This is the reason that the protest movement “Stop the Cyborgs’ warns right now from a world in which we’ll all be continuously monitored and spied upon by those who are wearing Glass.
Google Glass are, without a doubt, the technological object that will revolutionize the habits and behaviors of people, no longer simple human beings but rather somehow connected with the world through the network.
But what would happen if suddenly everyone started wearing them and became as popular as smartphones have? It would no longer be a technological gadget but more of a real social culture. The privacy of individuals would be directly transmitted to the web. But after Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google Earth, Google Glass and the recent Wikileaks and Snowden scandals, can we say that privacy still exists?