Why Google Wants to Surgically Plant a Camera in Your Eye

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It wasn’t that long ago when Google’s motto “don’t be evil” was taken seriously by the general public. Nowadays we all know that Google has about as many scruples (or lack thereof) as any other major corporation. Their bottom line depends on targeted advertising, and that means that every product or service they provide is given to their customers with the sole intent of invading their privacy.

Which is why the public should be thoroughly alarmed by some of the products that Google plans to roll out in the future. If you thought Google Glass would present plenty of opportunities to invade the privacy of both the user and the bystanders who are caught on camera, then you should be a little freaked out by a patent Google filed two years ago, which was first publicized last week.

The patent is for an optical implant that would place a camera inside your eyeball. Just imagine a world where you have zero chance of knowing if someone is filming you. After every interaction with a stranger, you’d be left wondering if your conversation is about to wind up on Youtube. You might even start censoring your thoughts and conversations when in public.

And of course, the owner of one of these cameras would have to accept the fact that everything they see and do would be tracked by Google. They would be privy to your most private and intimate moments. In time, they would come to know you better than any other human being.

But as much as the wearer’s intentions are a concern, they’re not the only ones you’d have to worry about. All of those connection points and signals mean that your lens camera would be capable of broadcasting and recording everything. That information could, conceivably, be used much the same way your browsing data is.

Imagine Google, for instance, knowing what newspaper you read, what medications are in your medicine cabinet. Imagine them seeing the contents of your wallet, bank statement, email inbox, refrigerator, and gym bag.

Imagine Google knowing what trains you take to work, and where, and who you talk to at work, and when you have a fight with your wife.

And that’s just what Google will see. They’ll use this to send you targeted ads, which are the backbone of their business model. But none of this takes into account what could happen if your camera is hacked by criminals. It’s one thing to be inundated with eerily personalized ads, it’s quite another to have your most private habits leaked to people who can stalk you, blackmail you, or clean out your bank account.

What’s truly freaky is that Google thinks this idea would be sufficiently popular and profitable enough to place a patent on it. They clearly believe that at some point in the future, the public will be okay with this. Will you?

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  • The majority of patents never pan out. I think that Google will find its capitalization being in danger before this patent is ever exercised.

    • Infidel51

      Good points all validated in the same comment.

  • Bruce O’ryan

    Eyepatch, anyone?

    • ME! Arrrggghhh!

      • Bruce O’ryan

        Bad news if they pick up sound too.

  • Razedbywolvs

    Because Google glasses wasn’t a big enough failure.

  • jim_robert

    Shedd Aquarium visit – by human identifying as a porpoise

    For your reference. Just sent off to the public relations person at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.


    Ms. Rodgers,

    I plan to visit Shedd Aquarium in the near future, and have a question for you. With all the recognition of the rights of the LGBTQ community today – which I am sure you fully agree with – I would like to know if you will allow me, in the interest of intellectual and moral consistency, to use the dolphin pool as a “washroom,” should the need arise. You see, Ms. Rodgers, I have always identified as a dolphin – I love swimming, taking baths and showers, and really enjoyed watching Flipper as a child. I knew very early that I was a dolphin, despite the oppressive human-centric bias against us who identify as porpoises, and despite having two legs and opposing thumbs.

    I do hope you will provide the same respect to us dolphins who happen to have a human-like body, and that Shedd will quickly approve of us in the LGBTQ-D community. As a side note, you may also wish to consider providing litterboxes for people who identify as cats – see this individual here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gWXwbToNpA or this former person who now identifies as a horse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rc1GG7L8bM (and might I ask that you add oats and carrots to your menu in the cafeteria, please?)

    Copying a few others here who also identify as porpoises. Perhaps we’ll all visit as a group! Please also provide your reasoning, should you answer my request in the negative, as I would be very curious to understand why biology is determinative for only some, and not, all in the current washroom debate. Recall, the determinate piece is what I self-identify as!

    Thank you,

    Flipper Jim

  • jim_robert

    Maybe Google should change their motto to “First let’s ONLY do evil.” Just a thought. And this Schmidt dude running the place makes me want to vomit.Not enough that he destroyed Novell – now he has to destroy America.

    • It is not Paranoia

      That’s one great motto!! :))

  • Clementine

    Watch Robin Williams in Final Cut… they will have to kill me!

  • TStephen

    I imagine the main consumer of this product will be the government of course.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    If enough people were to use this technology-assuming it can be made to work as intended-all the alphabet agencies-NSA, FBI, CIA and others-would have a whole new resource to hack into and take advantage of. Imagine being spied on by your phone, TV, home stereo, dishwasher, microwave, stove, computer, baby monitors, children’s toys, trash cans, utility poles, license plate readers, traffic lights, unmarked aircraft, drones, satellites, and now, potentially every person you might come into contact with. Once upon a time, I recall being excited about the advancement of technology. Now I loathe it.

    • Evil people are the problem, not technology. Imagine what we could do with technology if they weren’t involved, I can’t but I bet it would be great.