Mobile, wearable and now…implantable technology?
It began with the laptop.
The laptop was the first portable internet-connected device that freed up millions to create a mobile workforce. Next was the smartphone, which didn’t really take off until Apple opened it up to developers and allowed the creation of applications that made the smartphone what it is today. Apple did it again with the tablet, and now Android tablets and smartphones have an even bigger stake in the game than ever before.
Today we have wearable technology in the limited release of Google Glass, which is a wearable computer with an optical, head-mounted display in a smartphone-like, hands-free format that can interact with the internet via natural language voice commands.
Now we have smartwatches. Samsung has a smartwatch, and Google, Apple and Microsoft are buying up companies that have patented smartwatch technology or are hiring engineers to create it. Smartwatch technologies are supposed to work in tandem with mobile phones and computers to become the third leg of the “smart” ecosystem.
And with wearable fitness gadgets that sense heartbeat, pulse, the number of steps you take, and the quality and duration of your sleep, it’s just a matter of time before technology gets in your head…literally.
CNET reports, “Google has a plan. Eventually it wants to get into your brain. ‘When you think about something and don’t really know much about it, you will automatically get information,’ Google CEO Larry Page said in Steven Levy’s book, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives. ‘Eventually you’ll have an implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer.’”
WOW. We have had pacemakers for a while now, and there are chip implants similar to those in pets but now used to authenticate humans. But “Google brain”?
What do you think? Will you wear Glass? Do you have to have a smartwatch? Would you like to be able to think of something and have an implantable computer in your head to provide some additional resources to complete your thoughts? Technology is now “on” our bodies, and it’s looking more and more like technology is creeping “into” our bodies! Let’s hope our heads don’t get hacked!
Robert Siciliano, is a personal security expert contributor to Just Ask Gemalto and author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Mobile was Hacked! . Disclosures For Roberts FREE ebook text- SECURE [email protected] -to 411247.