Love 'em, hate 'em, it doesn't matter. Google Glass or Glasses, depending on what suits, are going to be part of your reality. Welcome to a wearable technology that will have unexpected effects on the world of music. But musicians and music pundits aren't waiting for the actual tech to arrive as you can see from the following bit of paranoia plus 5 ways musicians can benefit.
Google Glass is ushering in a strange and disturbing world in some respects. Yet they also fit a time when most folks are happy to create self-surveillance databanks via Facebook and related networks while disregarding the government's increasing data collection in the name of security.
The MusicTechPolicy blog's paranoid cop vision seems relatively on target:
"I always said that the last frontier for Google would be to find a way to monetize human conversations–not only can they do that with Google Glass, but they can now send human drones in to your shows to record your songs and have them up on the Internet before your last encore whether you like it or not. Not legally, of course, but when has that ever stopped Google when they can send in the mob?"
Yet, given the move to livestreaming and related options, I think there's a more positive and proactive approach available to performers but that's your call, dear reader.
4) DJ Pauly D ain't waiting for an official release when a knockoff pair for a music video can get him some quick publicity.
So whether you choose despair or positive action either way somebody's gonna be watching you.
Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith (@fluxresearch/@crowdfundingm) also blogs at All World Dance: Videos and maintains Music Biz Blogs. To suggest topics for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.