Glass

Na alle hype van vorige week over Google Glass is het artikel The Google Glass feature no one is talking about van Mark Hurst een beangstigende reality check.

Any audio in a video could, technically speaking, be converted to text, tagged to the individual who spoke it, and made fully searchable within Google’s search index. Now our stage is set: not for what will happen, but what I just want to point out could technically happen, by combining tools already available within Google. [..] From now on, starting today, anywhere you go within range of a Google Glass device, everything you do could be recorded and uploaded to Google’s cloud, and stored there for the rest of your life. You won’t know if you’re being recorded or not; and even if you do, you’ll have no way to stop it.

Google+

Nou, het is zover, ik zit op Google+. Dankzij collega @marijedj een invite te pakken. Eerst eens even een beetje rondklikken. En kijken of ik al iets moet dichttimmeren, zoals bij Facebook het geval was. Eerste indruk: wat is het leeg! En wie ken ik er al? Lastig. Vraag me af hoe ze uit die vicieuze cirkel willen komen, nu komt er niemand want er is niets want er komt niemand. Alhoewel er volgens schattingen al 10 miljoen mensen ingeschreven zouden zijn. Hm.

Events

It’s been a few days since my last post. Not much has been going on with me personally. Went to see Ober on Wednesday. Wonderful new movie by Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam. For a unique view on Dutch society, check out some of his work.

Something must have happened in the world… Let’s see. Oh! How could I forget, everyone’s been talking about this one Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if that was worth is. And then there were the nuclear tests performed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Quite scary. But all’s well, as Kim Jong Il has since apologized. So. There you have it.