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One of the most intense episodes of Black mirror was The whole story of you, where technology allows the eyes of the character to record everything that happens, to be seen again as memories.
This terrifying level of technological sophistication feels close to home when you realize that tech companies have tried something similar before, with glasses that record and capture everything you see.
If this scares you, you can be thankful that none of these companies have had much success in their attempts.
Remember Google tried failure Google glasses? What about the high-tech glasses version of Snapchat, which could record clips and take photos?
Yeah, no, not really.
But now Facebook is trying, collaborating with Ray-Ban.
Facebook’s glasses are called Ray-Ban Stories and will allow users to take photos, record videos, listen to music or podcasts, and take phone calls through a Bluetooth connection and a built-in microphone.
They are on sale in Ray-Ban stores and in line for £ 299 (almost R6,000):
Early reviews were largely nasty, with the glasses being called “unnecessary” and just plain “dumb”.
here is Mashable with their hot plug:
Facebook’s newest hardware comes with such a limited and poorly executed feature set for the price that it’s hard to take it seriously as a product.
This is just an expensive toy for influencers apparently designed to make Facebook look ‘cool’, designed for a world where ‘stories’ are now widely known as fleeting and easily forgotten snippets of our lives on. social networks.
Knowing that Facebook has long been under scrutiny for the way it handles user personal data, the fact that glasses are surreptitiously filming people is obviously a major concern.
The telegraph reported this privacy issue, mentioning that people were having trouble seeing the one little white light that’s supposed to let people know when they’re being filmed:
Early examiners found that a single white light designed to turn on when the glasses record 30-second video clips was difficult to detect, with many subjects unaware they were being filmed.
… A reviewer who obtained early access to the device from the Wall Street Journal said it had filmed more than 20 people with the glasses on but none could detect light, especially in daylight.
The camera continues to work if a user taps the warning light on, although Facebook has said it would violate its terms of service.
On the flip side, Facebook argues that since the clips are only 30 seconds long and users have to press a button on the frame to start recording, clandestine filming won’t be so easy.
Facebook is ultimately trying to get people comfortable with high-tech headgear:
“We asked ourselves how do we create a product that helps people really be in the moment they are? Andrew Bosworth, director of Facebook Reality Labs, said in an interview.
“Isn’t that better than having to pull out your phone and hold it in front of your face every time you want to capture a moment?” “
A review on The New York Times has a point about the audio activation feature, called Facebook Assistant, which allows the wearer to take hands-free photos and videos:
For me, it was a sticking point. What do people around me think when they hear me say, “Hey, Facebook, take a picture”? Can I still look cool doing this? Can anyone?
Additionally, to help Facebook improve the assistant, users are asked to allow the device to store transcripts of their voice interactions, which will then be examined by a mix of human algorithms and machine learning. I didn’t like it and imagine others won’t be overly enthusiastic either, no matter how benign their voice interactions may be.
However, you can also take photos and record videos with the push of a button on the right temple of the glasses.
For Mark Zuckerberg, the ultimate goal is to eventually release a pair of smart glasses that fully augment reality, which puts a kind of virtual overlay on the world in front of people.
Call me when they can tell me the names of people I’m talking to, or even before I greet them.
This is the kind of technology that I can support.