I’m sure a lot of you have some idea what Google Glass is, but for those who don’t, check this out:
And for those of you that didn’t watch the video even though I told you to, Google Glass essentially refers to a pair of augmented reality glasses being developed by Google that pretty much do everything a smart phone does (and more!), except you wear these on your face.
Anyway, what actually concerns me about this project is a recent statement issued by Google Creative Lab creative director Alexander Chen in which he states that Google Glass marks the beginning of a new era in technology. He explains, “…I hope that technology disappears more and more from my life and you forget that you're using it all the time instead of feeling like you're burdened [by it]. I hope it becomes more like the water running in our house and the electricity running through our buildings: we use it when we need it and then we forget about it for the rest of the day and just enjoy being people."
As I read this, The Twilight Zone's theme song immediately began chiming in my head, along with visions of machines taking over the world. Barbara Warnick warned us this would happen in her explanation of transparency, after all. She says that when we lose sight of the technologies we use, we also lose sight of their implied meanings.
What do you guys think? Is Chen’s statement a prophecy for the end times, with Google as its catalyst? Or do you also share Chen’s vision?