Remember those cheesy “X-Ray Vision glasses” offered by some comic books?  You probably have to be older than 50-60 years old like me.

I never bought a pair, even though the ads featured a youth using his glasses to look through a woman’s skirt.  That just didn’t seem right to me. You know, “Invasion of privacy” and such – although we never used that phrase back then.

Jump ahead a few decades, and WATCH OUT!

GoogleGlassGoogle is developing something called NAMETAG for use with their Google Glass.   Once refined, the app can be used on many, many other platforms.

NAMETAG doesn’t see through your skirt, it simply recognises your face, and then zaps through all the social and government media to find you.  The Glass wearer knows more about you than you want them to know, and you are none the wiser!

On Coast to Coast AM last night the conversation about NAMETAG was really scary. “Online privacy advocate Mark Weinstein talked about how we can evaluate good technology from what’s harmful. Specifically, he cited the case of an app developed for Google Glass called NameTag which uses facial recognition on strangers to instantly ID them, and pull up detailed information about them. While Google has announced they don’t want Glass used for this, he suggested this was a shallow claim on their part, and a lot of apps will be able to perform this function. He noted that such technology could be used by criminals, ID’ing people on vacation for instance, in order to rob their homes. Weinstein also addressed social media issues, and problems with Facebook.”

Some think this is a great idea for dating singles, but I am not convinced.  According to the DAILY MAIL, “the user can also cross-reference the photos against more than 450,000 entries in the National Sex Offender Registry and other criminal databases.  NameTag’s creator Kevin Alan Tussy said: ‘I believe that this will make online dating and offline social interactions much safer and give us a far better understanding of the people around us.”

DAILY MAIL adds, “Tom Wiggins, Deputy Editor of tech mag Stuff, thinks the app is a good idea, but that users should exercise caution. He said: ‘It could be very handy if you’re not afraid of scaring people off with your creepy app. It’s evidently pretty clever but I think most people would find it quite invasive.”

Yeah, what he said.



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