Alexander Hayes – The Revolution will be Humanized: The Glass Age Approaches

Learning2gether Episode 162


Where: Hangout on Air Webcast Discussion

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The Revolution will be Humanized: The Glass Age Approaches


Alexander Hayes is completing a PhD on wearable technologies.  He feels, in his words, that “we are on the cusp of a substantial shift in how we consider wearable technologies likely in the next 6 – 24 months … there has been a discernible shift in the “heat” generated from major consortiums now bringing to market technologies that are pervasively poised to radically re-organise what is said, done, remembered and perhaps more importantly re-wired for other parties purposes.

“Google Glass provides us all with a reason to question what it will mean to be interacting with our peers, family and loved ones through the fashion filter of a networked and location aware device. Body worn technologies such as Memoto and Autographer also join the list of data logging devices that we use to monitor and transmit data from our daily activities, either for health awareness, entertainment or myriad of other reasons.”

In this session, members of Webheads in Action, TALO, Worldbridges, and affiliated online communities and thought leaders will discuss the benefits, risks and perhaps harm that may arise with the rollout of second generation intelligent (smart) wearable technologies in our society.

From the “handout” at


Google Glass:



Vuzix Smart Glasses:


ISTAS 13:  June 27~29th

…presenters and panellists will address the implications of living in smartworlds – smart grids, smart infrastructure, smart homes, smart cars, smart fridges…smart people. ISTAS’13 will bring together participants sharing research, projects, and ideas about people living in smart environments.

Assorted Resources & Articles

International Design Foundation Encyclopedia of Wearable Computing

Thomas Claburn. “Google Glass: Vision For Future Unclear”, Information Week, 2 Jan. 2013.

Elise Ackerman. Cover Story – “Google Gets in Your Face”, IEEE Spectrum, 1 Jan 2013.

Mark Harris. “Darling, it’s just you, me… and everyone else”, The Sunday Times, 23 Dec. 2012, p.18.

Donald Melanson and Michael Gorman. “Our Augmented Selves: The Promise of Wearable Computing”, engadget, 21 Dec. 2012.

Other links suggested during the live session:

Possible questions to guide the discussion.

  1. To what extent will wearable technology play a greater part in our everyday lives in the next 6 – 24 months?
  2.  What does the onset of Google Glass, Memoto, Autographer etc. mean for our communities and society at large?
  3.  Are there any cultural apprehensions as to what these technologies may imbue and if so is this anxiety substantiated in any way?
  4.  Are there benefits in wearing a camera around all day long that takes random photos irrespective of where you are and who your with?
  5.  Given these are multi-sensor based devices that are connected to social media channels and platforms what are the implications for where the data ends up?
  6.  Given the terms and conditions of the providers who govern the use of the device ….who actually owns the data?
  7.  Is there likely to be a need to shift our current rules around social engagement, conversing with learners, our children, our friends and family if we choose to join this “revolution” in recording?
  8.  To what extent are these technologies going to benefit industries such as augmented reality or in a way that may change our current workplace engagement?
  9.  Is there any inherent considerations here that organisations, particularly educational institutions need to address before it becomes commonplace for learners whether they be virtual or physical to be recording as a cool, hip activity for their own purposes or that of others?
  10.  What is your own personal perspective on this technology mashup and is it likely we are going to see you wearing these devices in the next short while?

Alex is presenting at the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, June 27-29, 2013 | Toronto, CANADA. See the following URLs for more information:


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