Friday, April 6, 2012

Too Much?

I'm not sure if you have heard about Google's recent endeavor, Project Glass. If not, watch this short video:

For those that didn't watch the video, basically Google is working on these glasses that you would interact with. Calendar appointments, text messages, phone calls, weather, directions, and all other things Google would be projected on your glasses at the command of your voice (and perhaps buttons on the side, not sure).

I have skimmed through some of people's reactions to this and there is definitely a mix- those who thing it is the coolest thing ever as opposed to those who think it will make our over-stimulated society even more so and really hurt the end-distracted-driving movement. 

Personally, I'm in the second camp. I think it is cool that we have this kind of technology, but should we go that far? Should we be able to see little icons right in front of our eyes, without even reaching for our phones/planners to see our appointments for the day? A few studies have shown that the overuse of the internet changes brain structure similar to changes seen in alcoholic's brains. Addiction and over-dependence on technology really does not seem like a safe place for our society to be moving. I know WALL-E is an amazing Disney/Pixar movie, but sometimes I see such real-life parallels that I get somewhat anxious about our society's reliance upon technology. 

We all know those people, you know, the one you hang out with and they cannot put down their iPhone because they're playing Words with Friends or don't want to miss a text message. We get so fixated on these little devices that we miss out on the actual interactions going on around us. Having actual glasses that we wear seems one step closer to complete immersion in this digital world, one where we communicate solely through the internet and miss out on real, in-person communication.

I know I'm not the first to have these opinions and I know there are benefits to the revolution in technology we have seen in the past 20 years. However, Google said they posted that video to start a conversation, so that's what I'm doing. 

What do you think? Would you want those glasses or are they going too far? 

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you -- I think many deficiencies in our current (and future?) society is the result of such uber-technology... but then, I'm the only person under the age of 70 who can still live without a cell phone!?!?! Paula