I’ve been expecting backlash against the coming end of privacy and now with the imminent arrival of Google Glass it may finally be manifesting. The site “Stop the Cyborgs“, in addition to making cute stickers for “No Surveillance Devices” and “Google Glass is Banned on these Premises”, is arguing against what it calls “a future in which privacy is impossible and corporate control total.” I actually agree with the first part of their future. Privacy is on its way out and we should get used to that fact. I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing. It might just keep us more honest in a positive way.
As for the second part of their prediction, about corporate control total…that’s completely unclear as a consequence. That only becomes true if we are all locked into the same operating system and if furthermore said operating system decides to behave in a controlling way towards its customers. To me this is an argument against monopoly and in favor of competition (especially from open source!). Not against Glass or other surveillance technologies.