Facebook’s smart glasses might just be able to tell you if it’s your ex you’ve seen or a ghost.
Facebook and other social media platforms have been accused of acquiring too much information about their users. However, in most cases we tend to freely give up our privacy to maintain an active social media life at the same time they keep creating products that may actually be a bit too intrusive.
Andrew Bosworth who oversees the company’s augmented and virtual reality efforts expressed the security concerns that this new project may hold for their users.
What would the potential risks be?
Can you imagine someone wearing glasses and you’d think its because of an eyesight issue while the whole time they are actually stalking you and collecting data about you? how creepy and exciting would this be for stalkers? Already Facebook is treading on thin ice since their 2018 Cambridge Analytica data scandal and in 2020 the company had to pay $650 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged it illegally gathered biometric data from its Illinois users to tag photos of people on the social network.
On the other hand Andrew argued that they are still trying to figure out how they could balance this product out so that its more of a positive one than a negative one. Facial recognition, for example, could be used to identity the name of a person you can’t remember. He also mentioned a neurological condition known as prosopagnosia in which a person has a hard time recognizing familiar faces.
“Face recognition is a hugely controversial topic and for good reason and I was speaking about was how we are going to have to have a very public discussion about the pros and cons,” Bosworth tweeted.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in September that the company teamed up with EssilorLuxottica which owns eye wear brands including Ray-Ban, so the new glasses have different designs and styles. The company hasn’t provided many details about the upcoming product.
The Facebook-EssilorLuxottica partnership “will combine Facebook apps and technologies, Luxottica’s category leadership and iconic brands, and Essilor’s advanced lens technology to help people stay better connected to their friends and family,” the companies said in a press release last year.