2013-02-27

Are Computers Becoming Less Like Us?

One interaction designer argues Google Glass is a ridiculously implausible technical accessory. "The whole 'I’m just a normal guy slumming on the subway looking like some hipster cyborg' thing was just an orchestrated Glass marketing ploy arranged by Google’s PR firm." Maybe it's because computers don't really belong in our social world, anyway.



It gets better:

Glass was a simple idea. Not simple in a good way, like it solved a problem in a zen, effortless way. No, simple like the initial idea was not much of a leap and yet they still didn’t consider everything they needed to. What didn’t they consider?

Well having seen it all play out, I’d say: Real people – real life. I think what Google completely missed, developing Glass in their private, billion dollar bouncy-house laboratory, were some basic realities that would ultimately limit adoption of Glass’ persistent access to technology: factors related to humanity and culture, real-world relationships, social settings and pressures, and unspoken etiquette.

Instead of integrating more with computers, what if we're actually growing apart? Slate explores what happens when computers can make scientific discoveries that human brains can't comprehend. Even should machines develop their own cultural understanding, we're still holding out hope for the Myo armband--a gestural control platform we're bummed to report is still not open to developers yet.