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This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we take a look at what the Internet really thinks of Google Glass. Some people are in love with this futuristic device, others hate it. And then there are those who aren’t afraid to say what they really think, even if their views make the rest of us cringe for a few seconds.
Google Glass, for those of you who have been living under a rock so long you’ve never even taken a selfie, is a wearable device which brings the capabilities of a smartphone to your face. And it’s absolutely brilliant, pretty good, mildly interesting, or a pointless waste of time, depending on your point of view.
I LOVE my Google Glass!! AND- You get to meet the Most Innnteresting people! Mssg me yr email if ye want next round of Invites. #GLASS
— Brian Lingam (@Dinghy_Dogs) January 23, 2014
There is a sizable part of the Internet which believes Google Glass is going to succeed in a big way. Not least of which is our own Chris Hoffman, who, when Project Glass was unveiled in April 2012, explained why he thinks it heralds an awesome future.
Another fan is Mat Honan of Wired, who recounted his experience of wearing Google Glass for a whole year. He isn’t entirely sold on the current device, but is clearly excited about the direction the concept is headed. Even if it means being called a “Glasshole” from time to time.
The two videos above both feature YouTube technology stars who are positive about Google Glass, though both have some reservations about it. And then there is the webcomic xkcd, which uses Google Glass as the latest example of a piece of technology that everyone has an opinion on.
I can’t wait for Google Glass to come out. I will love to see certain people getting run over for having the Internet on their face.
— Karina Galvan (@KarinaCodex) July 8, 2012
After the good, comes the bad. And there are plenty of people, tech bloggers or otherwise, who think that Google Glass is destined to fail. This includes yours truly, who is a little scared of the augmented reality future Google Glass suggests is heading our way.
Also resolutely unsure about this future in which we all walk around with computers attached to our faces is Matt Champion. He wrote a lengthy piece detailing 35 arguments against Google Glass way back when the device was still in its infancy. Whether his views have changed since is unclear. Mine certainly have to a certain extent.
The two videos here are very different, but both are ultimately negative towards Google Glass. The first is a spoof of the One Day… video that kickstarted the Google Glass parodies. The second is a rant by what sounds like a young girl, albeit a very eloquent and geeky one. And then there is webcomic The Joy Of Tech, which takes a dystopian view on Google Glass.
I love technology, but if you come near me wearing that Google Glass, Imma stab you.
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) November 12, 2013
And so we come to the more ugly viewpoints on display. They show how some people’s opinion of Google Glass has sailed way past bad and become downright nasty.
A.J. Jacobs, writing for Esquire, decided to test Google Glass by using it in the ways he was warned against using it. The results are both hilarious and enlightening, but show just how much Google Glass could change the way we interact with each other.
Meanwhile, revered tech journalist Robert Scoble did something of an about-turn on Google Glass. He started out as a huge fan, advocate, and evangelist for Google Glass, but while he still loves his own device, he no longer thinks it’s the next big thing, as detailed in a piece titled Why Google Glass Is Doomed.
The two videos above mock Google Glass rather mercilessly. The first is a parody showing how Google Glass could be used to uncover an extra-marital affair. The second is a parody from Smosh which shows some of the awkward moments that could happen thanks to Google Glass.
We finish with webcomic Endless Origami, which suggests Google Glass is a precursor to the plot from The Terminator. OK, now I’m truly scared.
As we have seen, the jury is still out on Google Glass. It could go on to revolutionize the world as we know it, prove to be an interesting diversion for the next few years, or disappear into obscurity as quickly as it arrived.
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