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A Modest Proposal: Google Glass Filmmaking: Porn Redux

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In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real.

So I recently mentioned that Glass from Google, which helps people see what you see in a hands-free way that’s simpler to use than a handheld camera, might lead to an explosion of first-person perspective films. Naturally, as is the case with pretty much everything related to the Internet, at least one porn studio noted Glass might be great for shooting porn.

As it turns out, technology journalist Arikia Millikan recently watched porn stars make the first-ever Google Glass porn.

The future of Google Glass porn looks a bit hazy, as Google takes a rather dim view of it.

Charles Q. Choi About the Author: Charles Q. Choi is a frequent contributor to Scientific American. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Science, Nature, Wired, and LiveScience, among others. In his spare time, he has traveled to all seven continents. Follow on Twitter @cqchoi.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. jtdwyer 5:58 pm 08/18/2013

    Here’s another unacceptable proposal – how about ‘Google X-ray Glass’ – a CGI simulator of the old ‘X-ray glasses’ sold in comic books? I always assumed the originals never worked, but perhaps with sufficient image analysis and CGI animation…

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  2. 2. David Cummings 6:36 am 08/19/2013

    Once Google Glass is sold to the general public how is Google going to control what it is used for? Make everyone sign a Terms of Use Agreement? Oh yeah, that’ll work.

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  3. 3. Hitchiker of the Galaxy 9:23 am 08/19/2013

    Worrying is that hackers apparently can remotely switch on camera and microphone in laptops and smartphones, not just hypothetical smart-glass. Normal people are at risk of becoming such “movie stars” without their consent or knowledge.

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  4. 4. David Cummings 11:41 am 08/19/2013

    Hitchiker, you are exactly right. It’s like walking around with a digital target right between your eyes.

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