Google Glass, No Thanks!

google glassGoogle recently dispelled the myths surrounding their Glass product. The ins-and-outs of the myths could be discussed all day, and really, it is all a matter of opinion. Despite this, Google will just have to accept that not everyone is going to be comfortable having Glass on their face. Google Glass, no thanks!

Not everyone wants a computer screen on their face. Confusion among the masses. Why? Why on Google Earth would anyone not want a computer screen on their face?

The top 10 myths of Google Glass have been responded to by Google. However, the company has outlined a list of the possible uses of Google Glass on its website. Although its full potential of the technology is currently a matter of speculation, the list leaves some of the crowd still doubtful. There are many reasons why, even if the technology was free of all issues of surveillance and privacy, it would still be ridiculed by some less tech-savvy folk.

For many years, human beings have survived both in a biological, and in a psychological sense, without the need for constant computer assistance. It is uncertain whether to blame God, or billions of years of genetic evolution for this (equal airtime given for both), but however it happened, most agree that the human organism works fine and that, for the most part, the human senses have shown themselves capable of handling the incoming information from the world. Hence, people’s ability to walk and drive.

Google Glass, however, can help organize increasing busyness into more manageable tasks. It does this by offering constant reminders of when to get up in the morning, how much work is left to do and how many people “like” the new dog.

If a person’s brain and body cannot handle any more events, meetings and work, it is highly advisable that they take a nice hot bath and get some rest and forget about work for an hour. It is understandable that all but the busiest bees would probably rather avoid this particular application of Google Glass.

Other features fail to bring home the point of Google Glass, if, indeed, such a point exists, other than the convenience of having a computer attached to one’s face.

Google Glass could show the current weather on screen.
The skin receptors on the skin are capable of measuring hot and cold temperatures. Furthermore, when it is a sunny day, the sun shines, making it easy to see what the weather is.

Google Glass could dictate text messages.
Text messages were originally marketed for use when a phone call was not appropriate. Having Google Glass dictate text messages may seem to some like a strange and rather useless in between.

Google Glass could provide maps of the city.
Some people enjoy the thrill of exploring a new place without a map. Many unexpected features, buildings and people can be discovered this way. For getting from A to B, it is also possible to ask a local, which can lead to interesting conversations and insider knowledge.

Google Glass can give live directions.
As if it was not bad enough in the car, Google Glass deems it appropriate to have satellite navigation for walking, too. It is not difficult to imagine how irritating this could be.

Google Glass can take pictures and videos.
Although many people enjoy the art of photography, others can find it annoying to have a camera shoved down their throats during a nice evening meal, or an invigorating conversation. Google Glass adds a certain unambiguity that could understandably cause discomfort. Apart from anything else, the images do not look to be as high quality as that of a hand-held camera.

Google Glass can be asked anything, and it will respond.
Like an encyclopedia, Google Glass will be able to provide information about a person’s surroundings, perhaps telling them the name of a bridge, and when it was first built. This will appeal to a great number of Internet users who enjoy having masses of knowledge at their fingertips. Others enjoy conversation for conversation’s sake, and would rather ask their friend the same questions, either at the time or as a conversation starter later.

Google Glass answers before the user even has to ask.
Like a really annoying person that buts in all the time? OK, Google, sold!

There is no denying that Google Glass technology is an ingenious piece of technology. The social implications may rival that of social networking. But it is not going to be for everyone, and it is not going to be suitable for every situation. So, it is with great pleasure to proclaim: No thanks, Google Glass!

By Matthew Warburton

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