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As the desire to improve managing information and the ability to access information anywhere at any time globally increases, the technological means to accommodate these needs become more and more of a reality. Last April, Google announced its latest development called Project Glass. Google most recently sold a limited number of the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device. Its goal is to build a wearable computer that delivers information to you through a head-up display used on the go as well delivering that information immediately. With this in mind, Glass will revolutionize the way its users will operate both functionally and socially. Not only can a user share passing moment’s hands free with the people they love via SMS, photos, and videos; users in their professional fields that work with their hands will forge new uses with this tool. There is, however, strong opposition against this latest technology. A recent study by market research firm Toluna found that roughly 72% of those surveyed said they wouldn't wear Google Glass because of privacy and security concerns. In addition, Studies conducted over a period of 30 years reviewed by Legal scholar David Shenk ,points out the many symptoms resulting from information overload caused by technology include stress and fatigue to just to name a few. Although the general public may have legitimate ethical concerns about public privacy and information overload, the benefits are still outweighed by the social and functional benefits.
This argumentative essay considers whether or not Google Glass is good for us by responding to the following questions from utilitarianism and human rights ethical lens point of views:
1. Will Google Gl...

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...y providing social and functional benefits that outweigh the minor issues of privacy and information overload.

Works Cited

Barfield, Woodrow, and Thomas Caudell. Fundamentals Of Wearable Computers And Augumented Reality. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 24 Apr. 2014.
Loomis, J.M., R.G. Golledge, and R.L. Klatzky. 2001. GPS-based navigation systems for the visually impaired. In Fundamentals of wearable computers and augmented reality, W. Barfield and T. Caudell, eds. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Shenk,David Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut (HarperSanFrancisco, 1997)
Velasquez, Manuel, Claire Andre, Thomas Shanks, and Michael J. Meyer. "Calculating Consequences: The Utilitarian Approach to Ethics." Calculating Consequences: The Utilitarian Approach to Ethics. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2014.

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