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Technology brings about many great things, huge advances in science and medicine for example, but it also arouses plenty of questions governing it's morality and applicability to peoples privacy.

One thing I'm noticing recently is more and more law enforcement, government agencies, and military units are trialling Google Glass, and that makes complete sense. The possibilities that an augmented reality interface offers to those engaged in these lines of daily work is endless.

Things that I would predict would become "laissez faire"; facial recognition tethered to instant access of public profile information. Meeting strangers in public places and instantly having access to a huge amount of public unrestricted data "out there" on the internet. Facebook, LinkedIN, Spokeo.com information. There interests, the career history, likes, dislikes. But; if you're working in law enforcement, for the government or the military could that go even further? Tether facial recognition to criminal databases. Have instant access to a persons criminal record. Access to known terror suspects/FBI wanted list or just a huge amounts of data on potentially anybody and everybody?

It reminds me some what of Robo-Cop. A HUD display with friendly vs. enemy combatant information. Persons of interest/with outstanding warrant's. The potential to make that data instantly and seamlessly accessible via. Google Glass, or more recently MetaPRO will be amazing.

As much as it will significantly aid officials in their daily duties it does beg the question how much more of our privacy will we surrender to wearable technology. Some would argue that, that information already exists out there in the public domain but technology is driving this information to those seeking it in easier and more efficient ways.

Will we see a rise in the "internet underworld". More people seeking to hide their online identities. A rise in TOR/Darknet activity, even service providers offering an ability to go "off-grid" to mask your online profile?

I'm interested to see how this plays out!

Microsoft started it back in 2007 with Windows Embedded Automotive, a Windows CE based operating system for cars. It now runs Ford's Sync', in-vehicle communications and entertainment.

This space is heating up though. With Google recently forming the Open Automotive Alliance in order to increase the range of it's Android operating system. Since June of last year, Apple has also been working on a version of it's own (iOS In The Car) that integrates with Siri. Today saw more previews and videos of what this might look like.

Apple Car Play in a Ferrari

I think the race is on to dominate the "in-car" market. Apple clearly got a head start in the Smart Phone sector, but this latest demographic is far more closely contested.

I honestly think Oculus Rift could be another $TSLA. Although the idea of Virtual Reality has been around for a while, it's only recently become seemingly more feasible as a mainstream technology. There are few competitors and Oculus Rift, I feel, is definitely out in-front.

I feel the same setup occurring in the VR industry to some extent, as happened in EV. EV had been around for a while, but $TSLA had the right combination of a improving on existing technology, a great looking product and an Apple'esk luster about them.

Oculus has those same qualities. Great improvements in a fairly youthful technology, a great looking product (other headsets are still clunky, very prototype looking), and potentially the first to bring it to a mass market audience.

The gaming industry is a billion dollar market and I think VR will definitely see a piece of it. Not only in gaming, but potentially other applications too.