150-WORD BOOK REVIEW: Computerised You by Shane Richmond

Kindle- Computerised You.inddAs the ex-editor of the Technology section of the Telegraph and one of the few journalists to have interviewed Apple’s Jonny Ive, Richmond has produced a little gem on ‘wearables’, the technology that we will all eventually use.

Citing watches, Google Glass and even future subcutaneous wearables, Computerised You has interviews with global influencers and mavens and is a quick read, not least because it’s so well-written. The content therein may alarm some readers as Richmond appears to have no problem with the forthcoming merger of man and machine, but in many respects this book be used as a reference for the future.

It may be more than 25 years before the Singularity is upon us, but it’s probably best to prepare for it now (especially if you have children). This book is a very useful asset in doing exactly that.

The book is available for £1.49 on Kindle and Amazon… Richmond blogs about technology here.

REVIEW: 8.25/10

One in five Britons want Google Glass banned

Google_glassA new study has revealed that one in five people in the UK want Google Glass banned, even though more than eight million Britons already use wearable technology.

The report by Rackspace and the Centre for Creative and Social Technoloogy (CAST) at Goldsmiths, University of London was conducted with 4,000 respondents and underscores the privacy concerns that people have with what many consider to be invasive technology.

Other findings were that more than eight million Britons already wear some form of fitness monitor, smart watch, wearable camera, smart clothing or tracking device and demonstrates how divisive this type of technology has become. Some embrace it wholeheartedly, others think it is the devil’s work.

While 20% want Google Glass banned, 15% intend to buy Google Glass as soon as it goes on general sale in 2014 and nearly 40% intend to use these these devices once they have obtained critical mass.

Rather more worryingly, the study also reports that 15% of UK adults use wearable devices to help improve their love life. Try as I may, I have tried to imagine that but it means my brain is now working in ways that I’d prefer it not to.

There again, wearing Google Glass while on the job may have some positive developments. It doesn’t matter where you get your appetite from (as you look at the streamed video in literally your mind’s eye), as long as you eat at home.