Thursday, April 5, 2012

Google Glass: Innovative, scary, or just dangerous?

Posted on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Has everybody seen the new promo that Google put out for its augmented-reality glasses? 

In the video, an annoying young Everyman puts on his space-age specs in the morning and loafs around New York with a Terminator-like view of his surroundings. Notices of emails from friends appear in the middle distance. As he hits the staircase for the subway, he's shown that the line is closed and that he should instead consider the following walking directions. As he enters Strand Books, his glasses lead him around the store.

Notwithstanding the fact that much of the technology is probably still years off (our protagonist mangles the name of an artist whose poster he sees on the street, but the glasses still somehow understand him well enough to file away a reminder to buy tickets to the show), is this even something that we want? People walking down the street talking to their Bluetooth earpieces already look crazy enough; what about people communicating with the computers in their eyeglasses? 

And might it even be physically dangerous?, one YouTube auteur asks:

What do you think? Glorious vision for the future, or cause for concern?

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