Google Glass is here, and the early reviews are … well, harsh.
Me? I was ready to buy into all of that negativity — legitimate complaints aside, they just look freakin’ goofy, don’t they? — until I turned the dial to NPR recently and heard the following from Sarah Rotman Epps, a technology analyst at Forrester Research:
“Google has been incredibly transparent with its Glass rollout. … They realize that Google Glass will require shifting social norms to be accepted.”
Shifting social norms? Like the one that took place when Twitter convinced us to communicate 140 characters at a time? Like the one that took place when Facebook told us it’s OK to share every aspect of our lives with the world? Like the one that told us to look at our phones instead of our friends?
The world has changed, hasn’t it? It’s going to continue to change, isn’t it? Who’s to say we all won’t be wearing Google Glass in the near future?
Whatever you think, remember this: The future might not look like Google Glass … but it sure as hell won’t look like what you’re doing now.