Be afraid, be very afraid. Google announced its ambitious Google Glass project this week, and made the below demo video depicting a world where human computer interfaces only allow you to interact with the most pleasant of hipster stimuli, overlaying a patina of cliche urban millennial all over your daily life.
Suddenly all your friends are wearing those dumb black nerd glasses. You, as the NYC-dwelling (of course) uberhipster in the first clip, spend your day at the Strand Bookstore, chasing around a food cart, photographing street art and learning how to play something called Monsieur Gayno on the ukulele.
But the video’s ridiculousness goes beyond its blatant target marketing, in that it avoids one terribly obvious problem: Computers sometimes really suck.
“People I have spoken with who have seen Project Glass said there is a misconception that the glasses will interfere with people’s daily life too much, constantly streaming information to them and distracting from the real world. But these people said the glasses actually free people up from technology …”
Nick Bilton writes. Really?
Google can’t even fix the Gmail search experience on iOS, imagine if you had to see every one of your emails scroll ACROSS YOUR FREAKIN’ FACE ALL AT ONCE? Or how about a spinning beach ball of death or a crash message or any kind of spam? I would rip my face off.