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Inspired by: social networks » Google Glass - a new type of wearable computer.

version: 15 / updated: 2013-06-30
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Originally submitted by: Boris Yarmakhov
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Last changed by: Rafael Popper
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Source of inspiration

Social Networks (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)

The source of the Weak Signal is

Google + The Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10060861/Google-Glass-review.html

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Google Glass - a new type of wearable computer.

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
According to a 16 May 2013 review in The Telegraph, Google Glass is "the computer that has both excited and worried millions. Forget the next iPad or the Samsung Galaxy S5 - Google Glass is the hottest property in today’s overheated world of technology, despite the fact that almost nobody who is talking about it has yet worn one and they’re a year away from going on sale. So what is it really like to use? Is it recording everybody’s every move? Is it selling your soul to Google? Glass is a wearable computer the like of which we have never really seen before. While police and the military developed cameras that can record and send images, Glass is fundamentally a product of the web. It consists simply of a screen, sitting above the wearer’s right eye, that looks to them like a 25” display just inside their peripheral vision, a battery, and a panel that allows users to swipe through what is displayed on that screen". Its cost is estimated at $1,500 (not currently available to the public).


google, glass, computer, wearable, privacy, security, communication, big brother


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Google Glass is expected to allow users to, for example: Say “take a picture” to take a picture; Record what you see. Hands-free; Even share what you see. Live; Get directions right in front of you; Speak to send a message; Ask whatever’s on your mind; Translate your voice; Get "answers" without having to ask; and "more".

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Emergence of new types of privacy concerns (e.g. "crowdsourced" big brother). new/emerging
very harmful
#2 Emergence of new business models (e.g. "glasstreaming" live events). new/emerging

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

Agressive market penetration of Google Glass and similar competing devices.


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Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)
political filters (party or ideological interests)

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Behavioural change
Coexistence and conflicts
Crime and terrorism
Ethics and abuse of S&T
Social pathologies & ethics Google Glass could lead to a new "genre" of pornography.
Innovation dynamics New business models and applications will drive incremental and radical innovations.
Techno-security, hazard & risk

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies
Social Sciences and Humanities
Science in society

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer