Google's Brin: Smartphones are emasculating

News Marin Perez 04:23, Feb 28 2013

Google's Sergey Brin is pushing how Google Glass can get out of users' way and deliver information

Even as Google continues to pump massive resources into the mobile space, co-founder Sergey Brin said that he finds smartphones "emasculating." 

Speaking during the TED Conference, Brin said his problem with them is that "You're just standing around and just rubbing this featureless piece of glass," CNET reported.

I have no idea what Brin is talking about and I really think he just used the wrong adjective. He's in the middle of a big push for Google Glass and I believe his main point is that current mobile technology doesn't deliver information as quickly as it can. Google's vision is for technology to deliver information to you even before you know you want it. 

Google is really swinging for the fences with Google Glass, as it's definitely a nerd's paradise, but it can have some great practical purposes. Google is pushing the video recording aspect of it and that could be a good way to capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments without having to fumble for your camera. 

What excites me more is the ability to overlay information on what you're looking at. We've seen examples of how Google Glass can give you directions on the street you're looking at, as well as giving you gate information when you're at the airport. 

Still, I think it's a big mistake to describe smartphones as "emasculating" when you consider how odd people are going to look wearing Google Glass. This will be especially weird once people start to understand that everyone wearing these glasses can and may be recording video of you whenever they're looking at you. 

It's also weird to think that in order to have technology that's not emasculating, we'll have to shell out about $1,500 for Google Glass for this piece of futuristic technology. More than that, it's pretty emasculating to realize that we're opening up the intimate moments of our lives to Google's advertising engine.

Sure, Google has said that ads aren't coming to Glass at first but you can be sure it'll use the signals it generates for its advertising down the road. That means all those heart-warming scenes of you recording your baby's first smile are just becoming another part of Google's ad juggernaut. 

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