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This man knows a lot about what is happening in this area -

"“Glass is very aware of the user,” he said. “There’s consequences to that, and things to consider and be careful about. But there’s also opportunity for a computer that’s very close to the person.”"

"Google has big hopes for its Glass head-mounted computer, chief among them a desire to make the unit smaller and more comfortable to wear.
Those were just a couple of the goals for a polished version of the device laid out Tuesday by Babak Parviz, the creator of Glass, who is also the director of Google’s “X” special projects division.
“Essentially we’d like to make the technology disappear,” he said during a conference on wearable technology in San Francisco.
“It should be non-intrusive” and as comfortable to wear as regular glasses or a wristwatch, he said.
Shrinking the unit would require advances in optics and photonics, he said. More computing power is also needed to make the device faster at answering people’s questions on the fly, Parviz said.

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"The NSW Government has announced a $4 million rollout of military-style "body cams" - lightweight, miniature video cameras clipped to uniforms, helmets or vehicles - to record evidence during incidents.

A spokeswoman for WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said cameras were already used in WA by motorcycle patrol officers, who often worked alone, and in advance-traffic management vehicles. She said Mr O'Callaghan had considered body cameras being used more broadly by WA Police officers but hinted at a cost-benefit analysis before any final decision.

"The value of using body cams for more routine police work has to be weighed against the cost of maintaining a system for recording, storage and retrieval of thousands of gigabytes of data and the complexity of maintaining security protocols around access," she said."

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Tit for tat. Citizens turn camera on police; so police respond by turning cameras on society. Who wins? What next? Memory implants? 

Video can lie because context can be missing- let us not fool ourselves... discussion on wearables as applied to a multitude of applications is the topic of the next IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (June 2014) after this program in 2013. Check out

Interested readers might also like to look at this pioneering summary from the Point of View Technologies in Law Enforcement Workshop (2012) in addition to the Human Rights and Policing Conference (2013) which featured the work of Mick Keelty et al. 



New story here.

"Some officers have already paid for their own miniature cameras, raising concerns about the storage of data on personal computers.

The Keelty Review into the QPS last year flagged privacy issues around the storage of police recordings on home computers. It recommended investigating a solution to storing “big data”.

The camera revelation came after The Courier-Mail won a more than 12-month Right to Information battle to overturn a police decision to keep secret the results of a trial of cameras on Tasers.

It was released after the Information Commissioner overturned the QPS’s decision.

The 2011 review found Taser Cams were operationally ineffective, but recommended investigating body-worn cameras to record all use-of-force incidents after an extension of the trial found the body cameras superior in all areas.

The release of the report comes as the police Ethical Standards Command prepares to interview a Logan woman as part of an investigation into how she lost her eye after being Tasered in February.

Police are unable to rely on footage of the incident as Queensland’s 1000-plus Tasers do not have cameras and police are not issued body-worn video cameras.

An analysis of police use-of-force reports obtained under RTI for 2012 found that of the 63 people stunned by Tasers that year, only five were caught on CCTV.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said the review findings supported his repeated calls for the QPS to issue body-worn cameras.

“Body-worn cameras are the modern equivalent of the police notebook and should be compulsory equipment for all police,” Mr Leavers said."

"...I definitely see a revolution in how some people will work..."

Here are the ten core questions I asked of Mark today:

1. Mark, I have you down in my G+ circles as a colleague. I note you have 290 followers. How have you managed to keep such a quiet profile amidst your incredible achievements?
2. You claim not to be a #glassexplorer  or at least not part of that online community. What do you call your developments then with #glass  or at least with the wider sub-sets of alternative providers?
3. I met with you at ISMAR13 in Adelaide, South Australia. Shortly after that event another occurred in the same university with Professor Andrew Goldsmith, Cybercrimes. What do you see as the nexus between augmented reality (AR) and that of unmanned aerial systems? (UAS)
4. Christchurch is a lovely part of the world. Given you've just returned from Israel what do you consider to be the hotbeds of technology development in the world at present?
5. What does the term privacy mean to you? 
6. In a world of big data, open data and the ripples still subsiding from the NSA and Snowden case what do you see as the greatest challenge for those who choose to route their quantified selves through servers in other countries (the cloud)? Is wearable technology responsible in some way for a shift in humanity?
7. The #glassroom  - tell us who takes your C22: The Glass Class: Designing Wearable Interfaces and why ?
8. I take it your familiar with +Thad Starner - it appears 'empathetic' appears in both of your current discourses - can you tell us more about what you mean by using augmented reality to create empathetic experiences?
9. Is artificial intelligence (AI) set to leapfrog wearables as the revolution or do we have to wait and see  #glass  sweep across Australasia first?
10. Will #glass  cause revolt, upturn apple-carts, challenge stereotypes, ubiquitously slip amongst the tools of the K-2 educator? What the key challenges that we face as humanity with #glass or is this set to be a US based phenomena only?


Thought experiment.

Taking everything you know about the world of computers, the history of screen experience and the trajectory of emerging technologies—say with Google Glass, for example—combined with this culture’s love affair with instant gratification, recording, surveillance, narcissism, and control; what could one be left looking at?

The Entire History of You explores some of these ideas in a world where most people have an implant behind their ear called a ‘grain’ which records everything they do, see and hear. Memories can be played back either in front of the person’s eyes or on a screen—a process known as a ‘re-do.’

Nothing is off limits. Everything is recorded, archived, and scrutinised.

Scrutiny comes to social events too. ‘Re-dos’ are done with friends and family, analogous to the current culture of social media ‘sharing’ and the solipsistic sense of self lived vicariously through screens.

In this world—and of our own—what are the myriad personal, interpersonal and social implications? What do the profound repercussions for relationships and even individual existential experience look like?

The Entire History of You is part of a series of films called Black Mirror which explore different aspects of “the way we live now—and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we're clumsy.”

More to come...

This morning I listened to the Dr Katherine Albrecht Show (see archive of 27 February 2014). Katherine was discussing the impact of video gaming on children. I watched this clip as a result of the program she aired.

Yesterday, Dr Albrecht appeared on George Noury's Coast to Coast program (see technology update here) and discussed the 'I want my iPad' phenomenon in toddlers. Here is another video she pointed to:

And another... She maintained that she would generally NOT wish for listeners to view these kinds of clips online but in this instance, it was the only way to raise awareness to an epidemic occurring in our society.

This phenomenon is a known phenomenon. See more. So what are we doing about it? Gathering the evidence and putting our kids online so that our Youtube hits increase ten-thousand fold?

I feel so sick in linking these videos of these kids up online in the environment. But I am calling people out there to wake up to the what is occurring in most of our households. 

What is the answer? 

Better parenting?

Better friends and extended support groups?

Zero tolerance on screen time for toddlers?

Better education?

Schools saying 'no' to technology in the classroom?

Are we adding fuel to the fire?


What is blatantly obvious to me is that we need more research into SOLUTIONS. We can't have kids crying like this and profusely suffering anguish, and we cannot have parents surviving this kind of daily misery... and most of all we need to feedback these problems to developers... we cannot point the finger at Apple or Google alone... we need to point the finger at ourselves... society... yes 'we' perpetuate the problem. We can plead ignorance but we all know someone going through this- a child, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, a friend or a neighbour... in fact, we might be even going through it ourselves!


Where have we gone wrong?

Beyond that obvious point?

Why are the parents of these poor children putting their kids up online for everyone to comment on? Are they deep down seeking help? Do they want their prayers answered? Do they want to make their kids well?

We cannot claim ALL of these children appearing in thousands of uploads (just search online) are due to autism or some other mental illness or developmental problems! And if we claim that, are computers somehow contributing to these developmental issues?

The other thing that becomes apparent to me is the use of the mobile phone video camera as a weapon. Have we become so heartless, that we begin now to film these traumatic events and post them online for others to comment on. You were right on the mark Dr Albrecht. This is evil. Instead of going over and gently comforting our kids to return to their senses, we take out the camera to record the reality-tv... and so our children are now a part of a global theatre!

In previous posts, I have discussed the importance of NOT capturing these moments so we can allow our children to grow and develop, and not be held accountable for things they did as children. MG Michael and I have discussed the limits of watching. With Christine Perakslis we have also written an extensive book chapter on veillance (in press)! 

Can you imagine being one of the kids in this video? How would that make you feel 5 years on, 10 years on, 20 years on, or when you first discovered it was online for all to see on Youtube? Would you be typecast for life?


Everyone, we have to wake up! I am not being alarmist... if your heart doesn't feel sad over these videos then I personally don't know what to say...

And then we are contemplating taking Glass into the classroom? Right-o! Don't you think these tantrums don't happen at school? Will our children become "objects" not just "subjects" in the classroom? Let us tread VERY carefully. We can't use our kids as experiments. We need to think ethics.

And it is not just children that react this way... no... no... adults too, have this reaction but just convey it in a different way. See my article on high-tech lust!

We need to take the negative social implications of computers more seriously. Yes, some guys out there claim that computers can help kids... all my fellow collaborators and I are claiming is that the opposite is also true. Let's not be so narrowsighted. This is our future we are talking about!

Sarah Slocum: I was like, 'Holy ----, I'm the target of their anger and hatred'.  Photo: Twitter

Sarah Slocum: I was like, 'Holy ----, I'm the target of their anger and hatred'. Photo: Twitter

"When a woman showed off her Google Glass the other night at a San Francisco bar called Molotov's, the result was explosive - and reflected a growing debate over whether the cutting-edge device that mounts a computer and camera on a wearer's face goes too far and breaks the social compact.

The reported attack on Sarah Slocum, who said she had the eyewear ripped from her face before she was robbed of other belongings, has had the internet buzzing."

That's what happens when you get too close to Glass- it can cut you! I don't think it has much to do with hatred though... anger, yes...

Thanks for link J.

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I lost my mother, Susan (Young) Kropa to early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2011. My mom was a painter, illustrator, author and elementary school art teacher for over 25 years. When she first developed Alzheimer's disease around age 60 the progression was slow and gradual. In the late spring of 2011, her symptoms grew worse rapidly and it soon became apparent she would need around the clock professional care. These photographs are from what turned out to be the last time I saw her.


"...We’ve created a beautiful smartphone app and desktop software to make storing, sharing, and curating Autography fast and simple wherever you are. Check out our ecographic to learn how the complete experience works together"

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Bottling up time in a capsule... absolutely precious to the mother, father and artist... but did anyone ask the kid? 

Compare the video below with the Marina Lutz experience documented in the report (link provided).

" Another source of personal harm may be one’s own personality development and mental health. It may be that the identity of a person being consciously logged today is viewed with regret in the future. If a data subject cannot delete life-logging data, then “looking back” may become an exercise of great personal annoyance. A very characteristic example of this is the recent film project “The Marina experience”, in which Marina Lutz expresses in her own way her traumatic experience by having all her moments, even the most intimate, filmed for the first 16 years of her life, exposing her father's “voyeurism, his latent paedophilia, his bullying, coercive nature, his pathological narcissism”40. There is a risk that social media and the way it is used would often “require and invite an almost compulsive photographic capturing of the self”41.

Read more from this EU ENISA report here.

In 2005, I jointly ran a single person participant observation using this Magellan GPS below, to track and monitor the behaviour of a SINGLE individual. Gotta say we were way ahead of our time! Compare the photo from the research study I co-wrote with the image that appears at the bottom of the screen printed in The Independent news article.

Courtesy: Michael, McNamee et al. "Location-Based Intelligence – Modeling Behavior in Humans using GPS"  IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society,  New York, United States: IEEE, 2006. Available at:   

Courtesy: Michael, McNamee et al. "Location-Based Intelligence – Modeling Behavior in Humans using GPS" IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, New York, United States: IEEE, 2006. Available at:


"The revelation that George Osborne has begun using Jawbone Up, the activity-tracking wristband that monitors how much you move during the day and whether you sleep enough at night, caused some mirth in Westminster last week.

But the Chancellor isn’t the only one joining in the wearable technology trend. Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, is giving Up wristbands to its 11,000 employees, and tech industry observers foresee a time when the activity tracker is issued to new employees with their laptop and smartphone.
While wearable computing isn’t new, this year it’s everywhere. Activity trackers like Jawbone Up and Fitbit Flex are increasingly prominent. Google Glass, the computer-enhanced eyewear with in-built camera, speaker and internet connectivity has a growing profile. And smartwatches, such as the Pebble, are moving smartphone features to a wristwatch.
Juniper research says that 15 million wearable computing gadgets will be sold this year and expects that to increase to 70 million by 2017. If Apple’s rumoured iWatch appears, then expect growth to hasten.

Wristbands, watches and glasses are just the beginning. Next-generation wearables will be part of the fabric of our clothes – literally. London-based CuteCircuit has developed a mobile phone dress with an antenna in the seam and the SIM card in the label. Artist and designer Dominic Wilcox’s No Place Like Home shoes use GPS and LED lights to give directions." 


Titled: From Head to Toe - Wearable Computingraphic: John Bradley

Titled: From Head to Toe - Wearable Computingraphic: John Bradley

"....Hi! We're Amanda and Ville from Sweden. We got the mission to find out what lifelogging is. So we went on a trip around the world and met with people on the forefront of the lifelogging trend. People like Thad Sterner who's working with Google Glasses and Gordon Bell who is a researcher at Microsoft and Steve Mann who is the founding father of the whole lifelogging movement. We filmed the whole trip and the material will be edited into a documentary premiering later this winter. Stay tuned, and follow us on!"

Image:  Vergence

Image: Vergence

In today’s world, we’re moving from a single computer that connects to the internet and helps us organize and optimize our workflow while we’re at our desk, and into an incredible future where we all have the ability to optimize and increase the things that matter most to us in our lives while we’re on the go.  This is enabled through the ecosystem.

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Just after my post on Love at First Sight the following was sent to me (thanks Gordon- extremely timely)!

The Overly Documented Life by A.J. Jacobs

I think our study using GPS tracksticks for 4 weeks in 2008 then again in 2009 showed us much of what is reflected of here by a wearer of a camera for 9 weeks. We had some 60 participants and a summary of the participant reflections will hopefully make it through peer review for ISTAS13!

Copyright: Marco Grob

Copyright: Marco Grob

Looking back I recollect a number of papers, book chapters, and books that my fellow collaborators and I have written that have been cited widely on this topic:

The Social and Behavioural Implications of Location-Based Services

The Fall Out from Emerging Technologies: On Matters of Surveillance, Social Networks, and Suicide

Emerging Forms of Covert Surveillance Using GPS-Enabled Devices

Toward a State of Uberveillance

Uberveillance: Microchipping People and the Assault on Privacy

A Research Note on Ethics in the Emerging Age of Uberveillance

Implementing Namebars Using Microchip Implants and the Black-Box Beneath the Skin

The Emerging Ethics of Humancentric GPS Tracking and Monitoring

Location-Based Intelligence - Modelling Behaviour in Humans Using GPS

Innovative Automatic Identification and Location-Based Services: From Bar Codes to Chip Implants

From Dataveillance to Uberveillance and the Realpolitik of a Transparent Society

The question is whether these technologies have the propensity to make us better people by reflecting on ourselves, our actions, those around us, our life world? Recently I wrote this piece where I consider the possibilities at large.

Largely, like any new technology the novelty effect would be tremendous on take-up but we would soon condition our minds that the camera was "not even present". Reflection is a practice that goes beyond technology, it is ingrained in what some in the field of education call spiritual intelligence (one step beyond emotional intelligence)... we cannot depend on the camera for that stuff that needs to be developed inside the mind and the heart.

Today I received my first POV wedding invitation- it was an invitation with a difference, that's for sure, and one I will never forget! Putting aside that I am related to the groom, I inwardly felt happy for the celebration that is to be in 2013. How could I not? This 60 second video clip captured special moments leading up to the big question- despite that the moments had been re-enacted... I felt like I had already shared in part of their journey and was happy to catch a glimpse of the bride before the big day given we've never met.

Here is just one similar example I found on the web...

It is interesting to see how much technology featured in this relationship above (chat, SMS, even mobile location-based sharing). Numerous times while watching however I felt like the persons depicted in the "video" were acting, obviously aware they were being filmed and for the purpose of creating this clip. No doubt, it would be a lot of fun to be the star of your own show (fast forwarding through a period of say months or years in just a few minutes). 

Imagine through POV cameras, you could capture LIVE meetings "for the first time" and then go back and summarise what really happened not what you imagined happened.

One example lifelogging device is the Autographer showcased in this article

The Autographer does not record sound, though Williams says she has experimented with compressing a day's recordings into five-minute summaries. "It's pretty easy to filter out speech," she says. "Recording that would be an invasion of privacy, and would limit what people would say." And as she points out, there are plenty of other sound recording devices already on the market.
The Autographer should also appeal to consumers as a way of recording trips and holidays without constantly using a separate camera. Further, OMG says in a statement: "Autographer is designed to change the way we think about photography: one where moments are captured without intervention. The user can live the experience while Autographer spontaneously captures the stories that unfold. This is not just a new camera but a whole new photographic approach."

Yes, fairytales do come true but life is rarely as smooth as our best memories would dictate. But who would discount the value of such a recording as the one of the happy couple of above? What better way to be reminded of where it all began when times get tough on occasion through life challenges?

The reality however is that some of these relationships will fail and what then? 

2.1 Total divorces granted, Australia - 1991-2011  [Caption: ABS 3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2011 ]   

2.1 Total divorces granted, Australia - 1991-2011

[Caption: ABS 3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2011 ]


Perhaps there is a potentially ugly side to POV and the glamour of capturing "every moment of your life"... While going through a bitter divorce most people would be inclined to naturally try to move on by deleting or removing images and video footage from sight when for a variety of reasons things just don't work out. What then to POV if taken in the same way as a reality TV show?

This is true of any relationship- not just marriages... the same can pertain to partnerships, friendships and the like.

There are some who would discount that there is an ugly side to real-time POV... but what next? A break-up video? How I caught you on camera with someone else? The swearing and the shouting captured while the children are crying? The tears that follow and the anguish?

The point I am trying to make is that there is an occasion for all things. A video invitation is a great idea for the happy couple who want a "time capsule" to remember perhaps the most carefree time of their life... something that can be handed down to children as a long-lasting representation of love in the immediate family. But those who tout real-time POV, all the time for every occasion, have to rethink what "always on" REALLY means and the consequences of such an existence.

Caption:  By Lexy Savvides  
|   September 25, 2012     "The Autographer uses five sensors: an accelerometer, thermometer, motion detector, colour sensor and magnetometer for direction information. In conjunction with the GPS unit, the camera determines the best time to take a photo, based on the readings from these sensors. It detects shifts in colour, lighting and location, and assumes that these changes indicate an interesting subject or action taking place.  It can take still images or video, as well as create animated GIFs and stop-frame videos. The fixed-focus lens gives a 136-degree field-of-view, while an OLED screen displays the results. Because of its design, it's not as wearable as something like Google Glass, but it can be clipped onto a shirt or worn around the neck."


By Lexy Savvides   |   September 25, 2012

"The Autographer uses five sensors: an accelerometer, thermometer, motion detector, colour sensor and magnetometer for direction information. In conjunction with the GPS unit, the camera determines the best time to take a photo, based on the readings from these sensors. It detects shifts in colour, lighting and location, and assumes that these changes indicate an interesting subject or action taking place.

It can take still images or video, as well as create animated GIFs and stop-frame videos. The fixed-focus lens gives a 136-degree field-of-view, while an OLED screen displays the results. Because of its design, it's not as wearable as something like Google Glass, but it can be clipped onto a shirt or worn around the neck."