My latest guest post on CNN.com: on wearable tech vs privacy, and: why Google Glass has a nude beach problem

In context with the launch of TheFutureShow and the first episode on what I call privacy failure, my latest guest post on CNN just went live. Here are some snippets:

Imagine a world where computing becomes invisible, like your thoughts. A world where the interface between our senses, our minds and brains, and a digital device that emulates human traits or which augments our own capabilities becomes seamless, and the border between “it” and Screenshot 2014-04-29 14.05.04“us” becomes opaque. Imagine instant access to the world’s data and content, without typing or without even searching — think GoogleNow x100, projected onto your iris. The power of IBM’s Watson at the disposal of every doctor, with a blink of an eye or a simple voice command. Anticipatory services that know what you need before you do. Constant reads of my body’s status via my wristwatch. Convenient. Incredible. Empowering. Beautiful. Addictive. Indispensable. Scary.   Google Glass and the nude beach problem: to me, wearable computing devices such as Google Glass are facing what I call “the nude beach problem.” If everyone around me is using Google Glass I may feel like an odd-ball by not “being naked” as well. Conversely, if I am the only that’s nude (i.e. wearing Google Glass) and everyone else is fully dressed, I would probably not be very welcome. This may help to explain the chilly reception that Google Glass users have received. We urgently need some new social contracts here — but unfortunately Google has rarely paid much attention to those thorny side-effects of their amazing inventions.  READ ON

Watch the Future Show video on privacy failure

And for your edification … some extra images

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