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Google will not approve any facial recognition apps for its wearable computer, Google Glass.

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JL A (281)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 10:18 am
Quote from article:
"The company made the announcement in a blog post on Friday after lawmakers had expressed concern about the privacy implications of Google Glass.

The company noted that people have "expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass."


Kit B (276)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 10:37 am

I suppose the young people will grow up liking this technology. I can't imagine how intrusive it would be to wear my computer as glasses. Jon Stewart and John Oliver did a funny skit on Google Glasses. The privacy issue will be limited to what the government wants to know, we all know that.

JL A (281)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 12:28 pm
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Stephen Brian (23)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 5:28 pm
Google might not play along with this, but it's too useful. People will put facial recognition software on Glass, or on other similar technology. Even aside from snooping-purposes, it would be really handy to connect with Facebook and never forget an acquaintance’s name again, or immediately have names for all of the students in a class, or not randomly run into Justin Bieber in the middle of a photo-shoot and think the bicycle he was posing with was the object of interest in the shoot, (That last one only happened to me once, really.)

Kerrie G (116)
Monday June 10, 2013, 12:01 am
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 10, 2013, 1:37 am
thank you JL!

JL A (281)
Monday June 10, 2013, 9:35 am
Patent violations and lawsuits will prevent others from using Google's technology as Stephen envisions.
You are welcome Kerrie and Sabrina.

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday June 10, 2013, 12:20 pm
I don't know if patent law would really stop this. There are two ways around it:

First, there is software made for Google Glass, just not approved by Google. I don't know exactly how the interface works for loading software onto Glass, but if Google tries to restrict it, a lot of people will try to produce workarounds. I seriously doubt that Google can stop this.

Second, the general idea of worn computers is not new. I used a (very low-quality) VR machine at an arcade back in the 90s. Other companies will make their own and will either be less scrupulous, or less capable of stopping people from working around their permission.

S S (0)
Monday June 10, 2013, 1:10 pm
Thank you.

JL A (281)
Monday June 10, 2013, 1:23 pm
Your ideas would take at least as long as the Microsoft legal suits related to software developers took Stephen--scruples or not.
You are welcome Shanti.

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday June 10, 2013, 9:50 pm
I've been looking up patents related to Google Glass. There are a few, but they are mostly on bells and whistles, like some details of the control-system, and the assembly as a whole (probably patented as a publicity-stunt because any violation of that patents would also violate others). Controls run by eye-movements have been around for a while, though, so the central concept is not patentable. The fact that hats, mobile internet-access, and Heads Up Displays have been around for a while means that others can be made. The core aspects of Google Glass and future similar hardware are that they are comfortable unobtrusive head-mounted HUDs controlled hands-free with itnernet-access. Google's patents would likely force other manufacturers to develop different features to compete in the market, but they would not really stop anybody from creating similar devices.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 4:55 am
Noted, Thank you

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 7:58 am
Our DNA has been around for awhile yet the courts agreed they were patentable--spurious argument apparently based on misdirected and inadequate research.
You are welcome Danial.

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 10:29 am
No such thing as can't in Cyberspace....

Someone will find a way...


Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 8:10 pm

This is a bit off-topic, but DNA itself doesn't get patented. Uses of it, for purposes other than living by the person whose DNA it is, get patented. That effectively forbids anyone else from using it commercially.

It's not just that these things were around. These things were invented. Somebody else already held the patents. To produce Google Glass, either Google had to wait for the patents to expire, at which point the technology could not be re-patented, or the patent-holders had to decide to sell Google a license to use them. If those patent-holders are licensing production, then they won't hesitate to sell their product (permission to manufacture using their patent) again. That would be like a clothing-store refusing to sell more than one copy of a given shirt. I seriously, seriously doubt anybody sold Google the patent on the HUD, if it's still even active.

If you fell you must insist that Google owns patents which would stop anybody else from producing effectively similar technology, please produce the patent-numbers. Otherwise, you're pretty much arguing that the Nintendo Entertainment System could not be invented because the Atari was patented.

Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 8:11 pm
I forgot to give another classic example: VHS and Beta did the same thing despite being different enough technology for patents to cause no trouble. How little time do you think technological patents last?
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