Keller @ Large: Google Glasses – Technology Gone Too Far?

BOSTON (CBS) – A few months ago I was part of a panel discussion about advances in personal technology, and I suggested that before too long we will all have micro-chips implanted in the back of our neck that will turn our brains into iPads.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Blink your left eye, and you can surf the web and have the results projected on your eyeballs.

Blink your right eye to read and reply to e-mails and text messages.

When you want to log off, if you ever do, you will simply wiggle your nose like Samantha on “Bewitched” to slip into sleep mode.

Everyone had a good laugh, but it looks like the laugh is on us.

The masters of the universe at Google are cooking up a new way of embracing the internet, a pair of futuristic glasses not unlike the ones Geordi wore in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

They’ve released a web video in which a twenty-something guy checks the weather, texts a buddy, looks at a map, goes book shopping, buys concert tickets, take photos and Skypes with his girlfriend, all through his glasses as he’s strolling around New York City.

The product is just a prototype, so don’t rush out to the store looking for this just yet.

But after talking about this new gadget with a specialist in pedestrian injuries yesterday, I think Google ought to recut their video to show Mr. Fancy Glasses bumping into other pedestrians, causing accidents while jaywalking, and finally, being struck by a cab and rushed to the hospital, because that’s what the expert told me is much more likely to happen with this new layer of distraction added to our already dangerously-distracted culture.

It’s bad enough with drivers and pedestrians addicted to their cellphones.

We are really abandoning common sense if we think it’s OK to have people in motion with their smartphones glued to the bridge of their nose.

There’s a word for people who can’t put something aside long enough to take basic safety precautions for themselves and those around them – addicts.

Make that two words – dangerous addicts.

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  • sean

    wait until these come out and people start wearing them while driving

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  • Denise

    with things floating in front of your eyes – what makes them think this isn’t going to be a HUGE distraction! More accidents then who’s responsible? Crazy!

  • jinxie

    we can hope for results as seen in “The Jerk” and those who buy these fabulous glasses end up cross eyed. (LOL)

  • tsal

    I’d be surprised – and pleased – if Google came up with this idea first and if the practice isn’t already in development in Japan and areas of Europe.

    Gramps, multitasking – with your eyes covered by what is basically a movie screen while you drive? I know you are good but ………….

    And AOL. I have the same AOL address I had when AOL came out in the 80s. I also consider myself an elite tech – or a tech junkie. We need to do something about your stereotyping – first hoodies and now AOL Oh, I use several other email providers as well.

    • gramps

      I say again, “that wasn’t me”…..


      but sense you brought up my opinion on ‘Hoodies….’

      I’ll repeat my statement!

      Symbolism & ‘REALITY’….

      Take a moment & visualize two ‘silhouette’s’, of hooded people, side by side……

      Which one is depicting a person wearing a ‘Hoody’ & which is the hood of the ‘KKK’?

      Each one garners the same emotions of ‘fear, fright, apprehension, anxiety, alarm & in some cases, terror’!

      If you get a chance, talk to a convince store clerk & ask them about what feelings they might have when one, two or more lads/gals enter the store in ‘Hoodies’…..?

      • bees knees

        you are right – not you. If I hadn’t been focusing on work would have seen it. My hoodie says Humarock Beach on it —– think that would scare anyone :) I actually do know what you mean about hoodies and their connotation – for some!

      • bees knees

        oh should have signed that

        tsal ;)

  • jaygee

    As if things aren’t bad enough already. People can’t even go shopping without having conversations with “someone” even though it appears that they are talking to themself. Idiots are still texting while driving, others are bumping into people while walking and texting because they don’t look up. People walk into a street with traffic and even then they don’t look up as they are oblivious to their surroundings. Now they want to put this “new technology” into eyeglasses? Does the word madness cover what I want to say?

  • mikey

    More mind-numbing techo stupidity, enough already.

  • BostonIrish

    I’m gettin’ a set of those when they’re available for purchase. I am a tekki-aholic. I love gadgets. I am amazed at the stuff we keep inventing. It’s all about moderation.

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