It's tempting to restrict the conversation about how a government can use technology to the ethical questions of what technology a governmental agency can use to collect information about its citizens, but there are many more factors worth discussing in the broad category of what technology a government can consider.
How Wearables Can Be Useful for Governments
Wearable technology has the potential to improve many of the functions that a government agency carries out: whether we're talking about the federal, state, or municipal levels, the opportunities are endless.
Consider the work done at the U.S. State Department. That particular agency relies on translators as it works with countries around the world. But a tool like Google Glass could improve communication across cultural barriers – helping interpret gestures and provide context on top of what a human translators does.
Emergency management presents another interesting opportunity for wearable technology in a governmental setting. Emergencies tend to require more rugged technology than other settings — something that some wearable companies are already thinking about. But users in the middle of an evacuation or another crisis would also benefit from hands-free gadgets and ways to keep in contact with a centralized communication system.
Given how many different parts of life that touch governmental processes, it's hard to even predict how wearable technology could help. What uses would a health inspector have for collecting data? What … Read MoreRead More