After a contest with more than 1300 applicants, Google awards nonprofits pairs of Google Glass and money. Google Glass is a very controversial subject. The gadget was seen as a wonder by most tech enthusiasts. Initially, the device was available only for a limited number of users who constituted a sort of beta testing group. Google Glass has been frowned upon by many privacy advocates, as well as by regular people. ‘It is too invasive’, the accusers claimed. Ethical issues have been raised and debated for a while now. What does being too invasive mean?
People usually behave ‘normally’ in their daily lives. They have an imagined ideal type of self they would like to present. Normally means that we live most of our lives by trial and error, while striving to achieve goals, whether they are individual or social. Google Glass is an instrument which potentially records every aspect of the user’s life, including its inherently prone to mistakes social part. How feasible is it to ask for consent every time you go to a bar using Google Glass? Barely feasible, we would say. Another use of Google Glass lies in the professional world. Here, people act according to prescribed rules and are regularly obliged to pay extensive attention to their behavior according to a certain script.
Google Glass is a wonderful device. The main idea floated around and sci-fi movies contained conceptual versions of it. Google managed to marry the concept when the adequate technology was finally available. There are many more uses for Google Glass besides turning regular folks into privacy invaders. For example, surgeons use the device during medical procedures as a method teaching for medical students. There must be a suitable domain for Google Glass use, so Google awards nonprofits to discover new roles for the device. Google Glasses have been available for sale in the U.S. starting with April the 15th.
Google awards nonprofits with Google Glass for better social use
The tech giant now tries to find out new uses for the device. One way will be by offering nonprofits the device along with cash awards for their activities. Google organized a contest to award five nonprofits $25.000 each, along with a pair of Google Glass. After the deadline on the 20th of May, Google.org, the branch oriented toward charitable actions, declared the five winners.
3000 Miles To A Cure raises funds for brain cancer and the device will be used to document their bicycle Race Across America. Women’s Audio Mission will support girls’ passions for technology. The Hearing and Speech Agency will integrate the device in activities supporting people with hearing and communication problems. The Mark Morris Dance Group/Brooklyn Parkinson Group will use Google Glass to stimulate physical activities for people with Parkinson. Finally, Classroom Champions will offer Paralympic athletes’ training to students from high-needs school through Google Glass. So we can see that Google awards nonprofits in an attempt to contribute to social development.