Google Glass has questioned the foundations of our relationship with technology. How far does, or can, it go? Furthermore, is it a good or bad evolution?
Consider this, the digital technology can easily replace our own memories and how we related to them. In fact, this has already begun.
Our Facebook timelines replace the need to be able to recall our own natural timelines from our own memory, photographs replace the need for our visual memories, and our GPS lessens the need for remembering routes. It has already been shown that the GPS system alone is negatively effecting our own ability to recall visual aspects of streets. But if we have GPS, does it really matter?
Google glass will encourage further use of technology and as a consequence will in many ways make us more reliant upon it. Our technology will also 'know' us better than ever before, being capable of making suggestions related to past experiences.
But for Those Interested in Artificial Intelligence
It is not so much the glass that will be exciting in terms of observing our relationship but the camera. For the very first time we will be encouraged to record what we see simultaneously with what we say.
Why is that so exciting?
Because the nature of language is that meaning requires associations. One of the greatest problem for solving how Artificial Intelligence can learn a language is that it can't have the same associations with words that we have. Google Glass is the first step in over coming this.
Nonetheless the actual likely use will be, as has been with technology as a whole, the replacing of our organic memories with bytes of data that will be recalled, most likely by when a computer believes best, beyond the need for us to consider it.
Why would a Google Glass owner want to run software to help the decoding of our languages and collect associative images? Such an effort will require an immense number of samples.
The real limitation is computing power. The need to continually collect data both visual and audio will be required to do so in the background on an mobile device whilst the user can continue to carry out other tasks.
The Exciting Future
Assuming mobile devices become capable of higher processing power the results of more highly developed AI will become fruitful for the end user as much as researchers.
The most exciting two aspects that AI has the potential capability of achieving is Reasoned Argument and Creative Thinking. For this possibility AI requires both varied forms of data, and lots of it, and for it to be associated in time and space. Yet again this falls upon the need for great processing power and computer memory.
Furthermore, to gain this data it requires sensory devices that collect the data at the same moment. A simple example is to hear the word car, see a car and hear the sound of the car.
By learning what a car is, and is not, among multiple other objects and even abstract ideas computers will one day be capable of deducing other possibilities: actual creative thought.
If this is to ever happen one day, Google Glass is a likely first step to truly intelligent Artificial Intelligence.