Google Glass, Privacy and Our Addiction to Tech
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Google promises to "do no evil," but now Google is everywhere. Is Google Glass going too far? Can the real world compete with computer data right in front of our eyes? Are there limits to the personal relationship between human beings and digital technology? Also, North Korea says it will restart its nuclear reactor, and a race to the bottom in public schools.
North Korea Says It Will Restart Nuclear Reactor ()
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said today he is "deeply troubled" by North Korea's announcement that it will reopen its Yongbyon facility for processing plutonium to make nuclear bombs. Ban says it "could lead down a path that nobody should want to follow." Professor David Kang is director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California.
Google Glass and the Digital World ()
Millions of people depend on Google to search, collect and organize data, for email and smart phones; and Google has found ways to turn all that information into billions of dollars. But Google has already demonstrated that what it gives it can take away. Now comes a new advance in personalized technology, Google Glass. Glance up and there's computer data in front of your eye. Ask a question, get an answer: Where's the bank or the restaurant? How does this price compare? But who am I talking to? That raises more questions than answers about privacy, social interaction and the influence of digital networks on daily life. Is Google Glass a step toward brain implants and computer control? Is Google losing its cool?
- Liz Gannes: All Things D, @lizgannes
- Gary Shteyngart: novelist, @Shteyngart
- Andrew Leonard: Salon.com, @koxinga21
- Justin Brookman: Center for Democracy and Technology, @JustinBrookman
Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal ()
Five of 35 indicted educators turned themselves in today on charges of turning Atlanta's public school system into a criminal conspiracy to raise standardized student test scores for financial gain and professional recognition. Beverly Hall, National School Superintendent of 2009, could face 45 years in prison. We hear more from Alan Judd, one of the investigative reporters at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, which broke the story, and Bob Schaeffer, public education director for the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a nonprofit in Boston.
- Alan Judd: Atlanta Journal Constitution, @ajc
- Robert Schaeffer: National Center for Fair and Open Testing, @FairTestOffice
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