February 10, 2014
Just when you thought America couldn’t get any more free, what with all the gay sex, immigration, forced racial integration, NSA spying, marijuana legalization and forced health care, they go and do something like this, and drop the freedom down on us like a piano from a tenth story window.
From the Herald Sun:
The New York Police Department is taking a page out of the RoboCop playbook — outfitting cops with Google Glass so a suspect’s life story can flash right before their eyes.
Law enforcement sources told The New York Post department bosses bought a few pairs of the futuristic eyewear and are beta testing them with the hopes of using them out in the field.
“It’s in the early stages,” a source said of the NYPD’s use of the specs. “A handful of people are testing it out.”
The high-tech glasses — which integrate a computerised interface into the wearer’s field of vision — could allow cops to instantly see a suspect’s arrest record, mugshot and other key information.
“If it works, it could be very beneficial for a cop on patrol who walks into a building with these glasses on,” the source said.
“It would be like the Terminator. You walk past somebody and you get his pedigree info if he’s wanted for a warrant right on your eye screen.
“You can identify the bad guys immediately within seconds.”
In addition to providing cops with instant internet access, Google Glass could also be used to record audio and video of interactions with suspects and other members of the public.
“That would enhance the safety of officers,” the source said. “It’s a win win for cops and the public.”
I’m not sure how much more of this freedom I’m going to be able to take.