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cycle of change. But while humans have limitations,
what happens when people are having an argutechnologies do not.
ment, and things that should never be uttered come
we can keep developing at an incredible speed, but
into the fore disclosing very personal details or behavthere are many questions about trust, privacy, secuior that was irrational in speech and captured on Glass
rity, and the effects on psychological well-being, that
or triggering other command-based actions automatiif left unaddressed could have major risky and often
cally? The list goes on and on. Surely the camera
negative societal effects.
MUST be turned off.
In research we conducted into location-based
Those who believe that they will remember to turn
services in Australia we found people trust technoloff the camera, or will not be tempted to keep the
ogy and its conclusions more than they trust a firstcamera "rolling", or will "delete" the data gathered
person eyewitness account. This is especially true
at a later date, are only kidding themselves. we can
of locational information taken from GPS devices,
hardly delete our email records, let alone the thoudespite that plotted coordinates are
sands of pictures or images we take
not always accurate or reliable.
each day.
Who will return my
For example, partners became
The recording of sensitive data
sense of self, after I
suspicious of their loved one if they
might also increase criminality
have given it away to rather than reduce it.
perceived them to be loitering for
someone else?
extended periods of time at points of
The power to exclude, delete or
interest (for example, a train station).
misrepresent an event is with the
In other cases parents who used GPS location-based
wearer and not the passive passer-by. There is an
social networking apps were surprised how curious
asymmetry here that cannot be rectified, unless the
they were in tracking their children, even if they were
passive participant becomes an active wearer themyoung adults. what had been setup for an easy pickselves. And this is not only unfeasible, but I would
up capability was being used for secondary purposes.
argue undesirable. At what point do we say then
The most invasive feature of all these wearables
enough is enough?
however, is the image sensor that can take pictures in
we are challenging fundamental human rights
an outward-looking fashion.
through the adoption of new technologies, which are
The claim is often made that we are under surveilenslaving us to a paradigm of instantaneous realitylance by CCTV even within leisure centers and change
TV style living. we are seduced into providing ever
rooms. But having a Glass device, Autographer, or
more of our personal selves without any concerns for
Memoto recording while you are in a private space such
the protection of our personal data.
as a "public" washroom provides all sorts of nightmare
who owns the data emanating from these devices,
scenarios. The camera is looking outward, not at you.
if the information is stored somewhere other than the
Consider the following simple scenario. A male
device itself? Does that mean I lose my capacity to
goes to the toilet. As he goes about his business he does
own my own set of histories relating to my physiolognot look down while wearing a digital camera but he
ical characteristics as they are sold on to third party
looks straight ahead. This is selective recording, in a
suppliers?
way, a type of censorship. Even worse, while the male
who will return my sense of self, after I have given
goes to wash his hands, he takes a look into the mirror,
it away to someone else? How do I ensure that I do
and the reflection records someone else going to the
not bring to myself those age-old computer problems
toilet with their crown jewels in full view.
that have plagued us already - the endless need for
Imagine now very different contexts. what hapupgrades, the endless need for customer service callpens when someone is disciplining their child about
backs, and that blue screen of death?
an incident - are they recording the wrongdoings of
we need to face up to these real and proportional
the child as they try to make them understand why
matters because they not only have lawful implicatheir actions were inappropriate?
tions, but implications for our humanity.

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