A student at Singularity University, where I serve as vice president of innovation and research, asked to wear Google Glass to class. Their request set off a lively discussion. The student inquired about using the device’s recording capability to document her experience.
The institution, home to some of the world’s most notable futurists, allows its students to record lectures for personal use when approved by the lecturer. But Google Glass adds a new dimension—any interaction at any time can be recorded without the knowledge of the people who are being recorded. On Monday, VentureBeat reported that it could be possible to take pictures using Google Glass with no more than a wink. California law allows consent to be obtained before aconversation can be recorded, but there is no restriction on recording video provided there is no audio. So, the school didn’t know how to respond. (more…)