Jon Stewart takes aim at Google Glass

Jon Stewart takes aim at Google Glass
You know a product or news event has reached its zenith when The Daily Show decides to pick it up and toy with it in the way a cat plays with its prey before killing it. Google Glass is now at that pinnacle.

Perhaps not unsurprisingly, some segments of society, particularly around San Francisco, have been slow to embrace the future of technology, or at least wearable technology that rests on the face.

There have been stories of people getting assaulted over Google Glass, and while some might argue that it was because the “Google Glass Explorer” was being a “Glasshole,” the reactions are not befitting what the technology does. Fact is, when you’re out in public, there is no expectation of privacy, and while restaurants, being private establishments, have the right to ask you to take off your Glasswear, there is still no expectation of privacy, but there is an expectation of having good manners, and that is something pretty much anyone can agree with.

Enough of that seriousness though. The Daily Show takes the argument on basic principles, and makes a few funny points in the process. Once Glass reaches a saner price point from its current $1,500 level, are you thinking of picking it up?

source: The Daily Show



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That must be the prototype.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That was pretty funny, but there is legitimacy to privacy concerns people might have. I don't see that stigma going away unless glass becomes very widely adopted, as much so as the iPhone has been here in the states.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If Google Glass ever becomes popular, there won't be any doubt what the world has become -- a Fascist surveillance state where most people are nothing more than slaves. Pretty much what it is today, except worse.

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

OK - we'll just forget about the philosophy that technology is becoming more and more integrated in how we enact with society and benefit from its usage. Your extremist view is totally plausible though.

20. TruthSpeaker unregistered

Arguably, it's not "extremist", but entirely realistic.

25. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I'm sorry, I should have said "paranoid, over-critical"

5. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Hey 0xFFFF :D haven't seen you in here for a while. Did you take a break?

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Had to take a break from the arena for finals week :)

14. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

That's fine. Hope the exams went well

8. anupam.chopra

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I am not against the glass. I think it is incredible. I just against the camera on the glass. If they remove the camera, it will be immediately accepted.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7243; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Or at least make it so you can easily detach/attach the camera when needed. People are so focused on the camera aspect. When glass does so much more.

9. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

It's not that people have a problem with being recorded, they just don't want to be reminded of it. People are recorded every day by dozens, maybe hundreds of cameras and never bother to really care for the most part. The second it's a reminder, it becomes a problem. People should be more outspoken of the invasion of privacy by the government than a nerd wearing Google Glasses.

12. Sid91 unregistered

First of all I have not used the glasses but i think they are a brilliant concept however, If I was in such a situation and someone asked them if they are recording, I would simply take off the glasses and say I was not recording but if it makes you uncomfortable I will take them off. End of story, later when you move out of closed spaces like restaurants and clubs you can wear them. Come on , its not like they are soldered to your head just take them off when their is a potential problem brewing.

10. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

They said it, one simple red light next to the camera and everybody will be happy...

11. Sid91 unregistered

I remember when the ipod nano came out with the camera and everyone who brought them to the gym or locker rooms were banned from using them, even for using it for music, but now no one really cares as everything mobile has two camera attached to it.

13. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Google Glass will never be widely accepted no matter how cool or not cool they are. They will be segregated to certain industries much like the segway was. People will never be comfortable with another human being recording them. Yes people are being recorded everyday but its for security reasons etc but having another person recording you feels like a direct invasion of your privacy.

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

This is probably your only post which isnt related to WP and UI copy. +1(for 1st time). I agree with your statement.

15. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

This tech is too advanced for this time. Let it mature.

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

This is probably your only post which isnt related to WP and UI copy. +1(for 1st time). I agree with your statement.

19. TruthSpeaker unregistered

You can't control when the camera is on with Google, or any OS that I'm aware of. Add in face recognition and GPS, and "reasonble privacy" as you or your ancestors used to think was acceptable is gone. I really quite like Android, but Google Glass is unacceptable and should be rebuked at every opportunity. Meet me in the street wearing Glass an I won't be friendly.

21. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Within 10 years this technology will become so ubiquitous that we no longer even register when someone wears a Google Glass (or some other smartglass device) or just regular spectacles. I know I will get smartglasses as soon as I can afford one to wear instead of spectacles.

22. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

See, adoption in this case is a double edged sword. Take for say VR. People have been dreaming (and making) VR headsets since the 80s and now it's almost what, 30 years and the said VR headsets haven't gone mainstream yet. Palmer Lucky's Oculus is doing a really great job but it's still not there yet.

24. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

The old VR devices all lacked few key points that Google Glass have on its side. Unlike all the other VR systems before Glass is portable and lightweight, it will be affordable, it has a mature ecosystem supporting in smartphones, it is not a one-trick niche luxury product, and it is fully backed by the most powerful advertisement agency that has ever existed.

23. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Google Glass is like the Segway but for your face

26. werfish

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

Maybe just.... dont put a camera in the google glass?

27. shefo

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

i would defiantly buy glass at a reasonable price.....and i don't mind being recorded by one in the streets after all if someone wanna record me even a camera pen will get the job done!! but bec. of those people who fight someone when they see him wearing glass i would love if there is some kind of removable cover to the camera so people won't get mad at me

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