March 16, 2013 | 11:18 a.m.
Google Glass — Sergey Brin’s video-recording, personal-computing, augmented-reality baby — has stirred the Big Brother fears. It seems the more technology advances, the more we live in a sci-fi world, one where privacy is a quaint horse-and-buggy notion. The ability — and the inclination — to keep information to ourselves seems to be slipping away with each new innovation. The question is: Does it matter? Award-winning sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer, in a 2002 essay in Maclean’s, seemed prescient about Google Glass. He wrote of the possibility of an “implant” with a “tiny audiovisual recorder.” The resulting video would be kept at a “centralized facility.” He imagined that such video would bring about a vast reduction in crime. If everyone’s actions were recorded, “for their eyes only, unless a proper court demanded otherwise,” crime would plummet. After all, he reasoned, […]