- by SRS1, Master Analyst
- 1/21/2014 9:13:16 PM
I agree with @Jeff, the same way millions apposed the extra security screening at airports, which violated their rights, the same objections will come to these glasses. While some will get up and quit if forced to use these glasses, I do think that if people need a job they will do anything including wearing something they don't believe in.
- by Phoenix, Data Doctor
- 1/19/2014 8:39:59 AM
@Lyndon You are right. Companies are indeed hoping to create human bots. Hope they concentrate on using this as a short term observation tool to increase productivity and discontinue it after they obtain the necessary data.
- 1/16/2014 5:37:46 PM
I don't think they will become very wide spread for just these reasons. I can see many lawsuits in the future.
Yeah, I can see 'em too ... "These mandatory Google Glasses have given our plaintiff chronic eyestrain and migraine headaches, even before we consider the injuries she incurred after running into the door ..."
- 1/16/2014 5:31:35 PM
At times it looks like we are trying to breed robotic machines. I wonder why these companies don't realise the negative implications. In their quest for higher productivity they are actually ignoring all that we learned about human behaviour through the years.
Yes ... In the context of some species of call center personnel and retail employees, I've started calling them "hubots". Not exactly cyborgs, because they don't have any corporeal electronics, but it's all in the "programming" ...
Company management must think they're getting some kind of (positive) payback, but I wonder if they're just deluding themselves.
- by Phoenix, Data Doctor
- 1/15/2014 7:24:33 PM
@Lyndon At times it looks like we are trying to breed robotic machines. I wonder why these companies don't realise the negative implications. In their quest for higher productivity they are actually ignoring all that we learned about human behaviour through the years.
- by Jeff, Data Doctor
- 1/14/2014 8:27:31 PM
I think there is a fairly large group the will not allow this. Some will say this is too much and quit, when required to wear these things. I think someone will sue over this too, Is your company liable if you are injured wearing these things? Leave it to Fox http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2188555818001/google-glass-lawsuit-coming/#sp=show-clips
- 1/14/2014 6:36:10 PM
We as humans are social animals. A smile with a co-worker, a shared joke all adds up to our well being and interconnectedness. It also gives us a short break from work of sorts because even while working our mind could rest. Specially in environments where the work entails repetitive work that needs little concentration. Employees would refrain from this type of interaction even while they crave it when in an observed environment. There is a proven link between job satisfaction and productivity with productivity increasing with the increase in job satisfaction. So this decrease in job satisfaction with overly intrusive monitoring could actually decrease productivity.
Yes, cracking jokes and letting off steam in other ways becomes increasingly difficult when you're aware that you're constantly under observation. Knowing that your words, facial expressions, body movements are all being recorded and evaluated can crush spontaneity very fast.
Aside from the workplace environment, it will be interesting to see how this will impact personal interactions in general, say, with Google Glass ... and then when these are miniaturized into contact lenses ...
- by BethSchultz, Blogger
- 1/14/2014 3:03:40 PM
Very true -- but then again there are jobs that employers really don't care if they built trust and loyalty but instead consider employees as dispensable. That type of environment, topped off my monitors, would be the worst of the worse!