Generation of science and technology: Google Glass

 

Tech geeks and spectacle-wearers alike have been waiting for the release of the anticipated Google Glass. To be able to record, take pictures, and even do something like get directions right from your glasses seems like it would be quite convenient. Is convenience more important than safety these days, though?

The lens-less, glasses-like device sports a mini screen where you are able to view all of your information. How is that any less dangerous than looking at your phone while driving? I mean, if you’re completely wrapped up in what you have going on with your Google Glass, it’s only a matter of time until you are careening into the next lane and causing an accident.

You’re able to see the time on your Google Glass, as well. Similar to Siri, on an Apple iPhone, you’re able to talk to your Google Glass. Just say, “Take a picture,” to take a picture, and so forth. Yes, yes, it’s quite convenient and handy. If you’re not operating heavy machinery, that is. You’re able to ask the device whatever is on your mind, such as “How tall is the Brooklyn Bridge?” or, “How tall is the Space Needle?” and all the information will be displayed literally right in front of your eyes.

For the fashionistas, Google Glass is available in charcoal, tangerine, shale, cotton and sky.

Now, here’s my problem with Google Glass (aside from the fact that I can already see the headlines describing five car pileups caused by the device). How lazy is our society today that we literally have to wear a lens-less “glass” device, which looks ridiculous by the way, to record videos, take pictures and do other mindless tasks that we could just do with our phones? Every year, we’re receiving more and more technology that’s making actual human effort and thought almost obsolete. Don’t get me wrong, technology is lovely, but it shouldn’t be slowly transitioning us into robots.

Another issue with the Google Glass has already prompted itself. Google Glass isn’t publicly available yet, but in 2013, there were 10,000 individuals who were given a pair to give them a test drive, of sorts. Cecilia Abadie was one of those individuals. In Los Angeles during early December, she was pulled over for going 85 mph in a 60 mph zone. Upon being pulled over, she was also cited for the same infraction one would receive for having a computer or television device in use while driving. She’s now fighting and trying to appeal the case.

While Google Glass may seem like another futuristic nicety, I feel that it’s nothing more than danger in disguise – with a little bit of laziness on the side.

 

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