The disturbing acceptance of Google’s new “smart” camera


Technology and the evolution of technology is awesome, in every sense of the word. But one must be discerning when employing and embracing new technology.

Why would someone place this thing in their home? Indeed, PAY for such a thing?

(From The Week)

The pitch for the Google Clips is it’s a camera that sits off to the side in a room and automatically captures the kinds of candid shots that one never really plans for — the most common examples cited being some random happening involving one’s kids or pets. Instead of mere serendipity, however, the camera uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to try and guess when to best take a shot.

Reviews, perhaps unsurprisingly, haven’t been great. The technology to take pictures in a smart way with satisfying results simply doesn’t exist yet, largely because determining what makes a good shot is still a profoundly human, subjective thing. But perhaps a product with such obvious flaws is cause for concern for reasons more significant than the release of yet another disappointing gadget. Instead, it appears that in rarely questioning whether a piece of tech should have been released at all, we are unwittingly become guinea pigs for tech, and inadvertent cheerleaders for things that, in the aggregate, end up making things worse.

Markets work. If people actively reject a technology, and history is full of rejected tech, it won’t be produced. If a technology doesn’t make our lives better, give us more time, helps us learn, increases our liberty and autonomy, what’s the point? As the author of the attached article explains, we have for too long just jumped after the latest and the shiniest. This tendency has become embedded in our culture. Perhaps it’s time to take a step back and to consider whether it makes sense to embrace some technologies at all. Perhaps we should make our displeasure known in the marketplace – actively.

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