Not only is Google seeking to redefine eyewear, but now, “social etiquette” is taking new meaning as well.
In a recent conversation with the BBC, Eric Schmidt, Google Executive Chairman, remarked on the soon-to-be released Google Glass in addition to the ways it will potentially reshape cultural conversations. CNET adds:
“The fact of the matter is we’ll have to develop some new social etiquette. It’s obviously not appropriate to wear these glasses in situations where recording is not correct, and indeed you have this problem already with phones,” Schmidt said. “Companies like Google have a very important responsibility to keep your information safe. You have responsibility as well to understand what you are doing and how you are doing it and obey appropriately and also keep everything up to date.”
Apparently, now, etiquette will include walking around with a device that distracts the individual from what’s in front of them. Some places, have already banned the glasses with privacy concerns.
Last month a bar in Seattle announced that it banned Google Glass. Following that story, a Google spokesperson said, “It is still very early days for Glass, and we expect that as with other new technologies, such as cell phones, behaviors and social norms will develop over time.”
In other words, give the market time to sort it out, not regulators. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Google Glass could be just as irritating as people talking loudly on their cell phones in public places, but far more complicated regarding issues such as invasion of privacy.