Today is a strange day. I read several stories on my usual news papers today that are so out there that I double checked the date several times as I was thinking it must already be April Fools' Day (April 1st). First I read that Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back as The Governator in an animated TV Series. Really! His nickname is becoming a Super Hero characters' name now. The story is true. See the LA Times. The other story I cannot mention here, it is too atrocious. It involves testicles and that is all I can say.
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But back to the tech world. According to CNN, Google is working on a mobile phone app that can identify faces. You would just take a photo of a person and the app will let you access personal information of the recognized person. Technology is great, but seriously giving everybody a tool to identify people everywhere is just wrong.
Google is aware apparently of the privacy issues and says that users would have to opt-in to this service. Who would do that? What will happen is that users will not read the fine print and boom they agreed to be identified with this new scary app.
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Google is supposedly convinced to be able to find a good application for this app. Here it is. Forget about giving that to every consumer out there. Sell it to law enforcement and move on to developing a social network that can compete against Facebook. Just do not launch it tomorrow on April 1st, nobody would believe you would be able to compete with Facebook.