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Take my dad’s advice: resist Google Glass

March 15, 2013
Google Glass

Google Glass (Photo credit: Stuck in Customs)

When I first started to hear rumors of the fabled Google Glass, I’ll admit that the idea peaked my interest a little bit. But the more I thought about them, the creepier the idea became. It’s now to the point that I’m not sure I think it’s a good idea at all. I could be wrong, and time will tell. Either way, Adrian Chen has written a nice little summary of his feeling on the issue over at Gawker; and I tend to agree with his assessment:

Wearing Google Glass is functionally the same as living with a smart phone held constantly at eye-level. I’ve never seen it done, but I think most of us would be comfortable labeling anyone who walked around holding their smart phone at eye-level an asshole, and not just because it looks even stupider than Glass. The smartphone eye-level guy is an asshole because most of us 1) value the undistracted attention of those we’re speaking to and 2) don’t like to be filmed or photographed without our knowledge. If you come up to me with a smartphone held at eye level and demand that I interact with you like you’re not being an asshole, you are an asshole.

And by the way, the best advice I’ve ever received came from my father who said, simply, “Don’t be an asshole.” He was right then, and I think he’s still right today.

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