Up and out by 6:30am. Heading to the airport. Once out of Gaziantep the roads were empty. For the first time in a week I dipped into the feeds. The more I read the more the refugee crisis in Syria felt like a bad dream.
On Twitter It seems everyone back home is going crazy for Google Glass. I wondered how I would feel if I’d worn them in the refugee camps in Syria. Or if soon the aid workers might.
I cant see it happening for a long time. You’d be a fool to wear them here. Even for safety reasons.
Kidnap is not unusual in Syria these days. Not because these people are ‘evil fundamentalists’. It’s because they are desperate. Aid workers have been kidnapped and fear of abduction is one of the barriers preventing more emergency relief supplies getting in. The Syrian refugees feel the world has left them to rot in makeshift camps.
While the west carry on regardless.
I’m really quite attracted to the benefits of wearable technology. Navigation, communication, all of it. But recently I felt uncomfortable just having my phone to hand. Not because I felt threatened. Because I felt obscenely privileged.
The poor here don’t have enough to eat. Parents have to watch their kids slowly starve in between watching the skies for air strikes.
With every leap forward we make technologically, we seem to be leaving some people further behind.
I’m sure wearable technology like Google Glass can be used for real good. It’s just that the gap between the ‘haves and have nots’ is an increasing chasm and our technological advancements seem to be doing little more than highlighting this.
I’m trying to imagine what the naked kid in the picture might think when approached by a foreigner wearing both a concerned smile and a networked ‘heads up display’ on their face.
For some, It’s all getting very science fiction, very fast.
And with all this communication to hand.. to face.. help still isn’t getting through.