Google's new patent, contact lenses with built-in micro cameras, is definitely a technological breakthrough (if it can be brought to fruition). However, it can also be seen as pretty scary. I'm all for innovation, and am by no means a luddite. However, I do enjoy what privacy I have. Google Glass is already pushing the envelope... but a camera hidden in a contact lens?
Every time I see someone wearing Google Glass my first reaction is to avoid them at all costs. Not just because anyone who would wear that on their face is probably a weirdo, but also because I don't want my conversation with them recorded.
At least I can make that choice with a Google Glass wearer, but if people start wearing contacts that can photograph or shoot video of me, that choice is pretty much gone.
Of course there are some practical and beneficial uses, such as helping the visually impaired, or photographing someone trying to rob you, or any number of situations, but in reality, this seems to be another step closer to a privacy-free world.
What are your thoughts? Would you wear the Google contacts? Would you want others to wear them?