OK, Mr. Peabody, let's take a quick trip in the Wayback Machine! Set the date to July 2, 2012.
Here's the audio track of a great conversation I had over a year ago with my good friend Robert Scoble at his home in Half Moon Bay, CA. We talked a lot about context, since this was right before he announced the Age of Context book he is doing with Shel Israel. In this conversation Robert and I talked about the contextual web, Google Glass (long before we had it), privacy, personas, contextual content, contextual marketing, and why we need to start building some open standards regarding how context is discovered, communicated, and permissioned. Even though this discussion was over a year ago, I think a lot of what we talked about is still quite relevant.
Note: To hear the audio just click on the play button or links in Robert's post... his post is embedded as a live object.
I don't like places that are starting to ban Glass. My Glass is permanently attached to my face, I don't think I could remove it if I was told to ;-)
More importantly, I think this is just plain wrong, and feels like a violation of my rights on a number of levels. First off, since I'm a journalist (among other things) this seems like a clear violation of the First Amendment, yes the very first, that protects freedom of speech and freedom of the the press.
Only if I ALWAYS wear Glass can I be assured of using Glass to capture and share media events as they happen. And also perform real-time research using the powerful "OK, Glass, Google" feature. Preventing that clearly seems like a restriction on the media (press).
But not everyone's a media person... or are they? You are the new media brand when you post to social networks. Does that count in this new socially mediated world where the consumer is now a content creator and distributor (publisher)?
OK, screw the First Amendment and it's freedom of speech and of the press. What about my rights as an individual? In this not-so-brave new world personal data capture seems like a basic right.
I think there should be no issue about me capturing my life for myself in any manner that I feel helps make my life better. I think there is a very important distinction between capturing and sharing that has become lost in the debate... I think for most people the issues are about sharing that content without the subject's permission. I'm concerned about that, too!
But guess what? There are already laws to prevent publication of people's images without their permission... I would need a release for from you before I would be able to publish it. I don't see why those same laws wouldn't apply to personal publishing as well. I know posting/publishing without releases has become rampant, but maybe a combination of lawsuits and respect for other people will help stem that.
What's mine is mine, and I should be able to experience life with whatever technological enhancements I decide are helpful to more fully experience the world and the people around me. This is my life, and I'll digitize it if I want to!
I guess this makes me a total glasshole, but I think we should fight for our right to wear Glass!
I'm still trying to post some of the highlights from my old blog, and thought you might be interested in seeing this episode of the TV show "The Silicon Valley Entrepreneur" where I'm interviewed by Chris Gill, CEO of SVForum. The show originally aired on May 2, 2012