On Saturday, the tech entrepreneur accused the Mountain View, CA-based company of having a total disregard for privacy. On Twitter, Musk commented on a video showcasing the new camera and blasted the device as not even appearing ‘innocent’.
This doesn’t even *seem* innocent
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 7, 2017
Google Clips’s embedded algorithms can recognize human faces without external output, but Google claims that the gadget’s software can only identify and capture faces that are of interest to the user. However, the most disturbing part is that people being photographed have no idea about it.
Clips, though, sport a LED light when the camera is functioning.
Is This ‘Google Glass’ Reloaded?
While Google refused to comment on Musk’s criticism, a spokesperson for the company told CNET that the new gadget is a camera designed to immortalize important moments for its owner. It also takes 7-second videos of those moments.
The company assured us that the photographs are not being beamed to the internet as the AI algorithms are doing their thing on the camera. The user is the one to decide which photos will be later saved and shared.
Nevertheless, despite Google’s explanations, the new device brings back ugly memories related to Google Glass. Those smart eyewear also photographed people without them even knowing it. The anti-social phenomenon even coined a special term for Google Glass users in the wild: Glassholes.
Google assures us once more that Clips users need to stay put to take a photo, but experts claim that this is not an isolated case. It is a problem with technological progress as a whole.
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