In the future world of M.T. Anderson’s Feed, young people are implanted with silicon chips that provide a continual barrage of advertising, entertainment, useful facts, advertising, travel information, advertising, and, oh yes, advertising. This is presented in the novel as “Not a Good Thing,” but around the time Feed was published, Google co-founder Sergey Brin was looking forward to the day: “Certainly if you had all the world’s information directly attached to your brain, or an artificial brain that was smarter than your brain, you’d be better off.” With Google Glass — a “nerd’s fantasy,” according to MIT Technology Review — that day comes a little closer.
Heralded as the “Next Big Thing” on the company’s website last year, Glass is the latest in wearable technology. Attached to a titanium band is a tiny camera and a screen is positioned just over the right eye. The screen reflects an image that’s the equivalent of a 25-inch display positioned eight feet away. To activate once it’s on your face, all you have to do is touch the sidebar “keypad” or tilt your head up sharply. Glass responds to voice commands, signaled by “OK Glass”: Read an email, find the nearest Italian restaurant, give me directions to 21st Street, take a picture, record a video.
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