Nerds who were made fun of in high school did not stop at becoming your boss or ruling the world, they are now making you LOOK LIKE THEM TOO!! MUAHahahahahaha. Revenge is a dish best served 01100011011011110110110001100100
I’m always so excited about spotting ‘the future is now’ moments that when an opportunity to wear a tongue in cheek cynical-luddite hat comes around I can’t resist. So when Maki took that route Wed. I actually got jealous of the cynicism. There has to be a personality diagnosis in there somewhere. Preferably one with pills. But really the first thing I thought was ADBLOCK! of course our commenters win the internets for getting there first.
Although I would definitely use all the preferences in the comic, I can see a wide range of benefits to a HUD as well. Mini maps, info on people you meet, ‘where did I last see my keys?’ And for nervous public speakers: you no longer have to just imagine the audience naked, you can superimpose them naked!
Being able to recall obscure quotes will also become infinitely easier. “Never memorize what you can look up” -Einstein*
Words easy to live by.
When this type of tech-leap happens (and this is by no means sure to catch on, but it’s possible) and has the potential to change the way we conduct our everyday lives (like cell phones, the internet, smart phones etc. just to stay within the current gen.***) I can’t help but think of the law of accelerating returns, mainly how fast will it take for this new product to stop being a curiosity item and enjoy wide-scale adoption? I’m skeptical of the ability of this ‘law’ to remain constant, because I believe there is an inverse correlation between level of technological prowess and ability to sustain a civilization, but I’m super excited to imagine how far we can get before we blip-out. Given the chance I’d happily be an early adopter of this tech (but don’t try to video chat me, I’m going to be offline that day, I have a thing that’s going to keep me totally busy).
Also, if this tool does become a part of our everyday lives, there better be an app that highlights approaching physical objects (lamp posts, other people, cars) and drops (sidewalks, manholes, cliffs) that comes with it, cuz you know there’s going to be a pretty big attention divide learning curve. I space-out and bump into things sans-nerdglasses, I certainly don’t need any added help.
Unless Project Glass comes with Top Gun style targeting reticles around all objects—including a “locked on” warning klaxon when an object/person/truck is on collision course—I can forsee all sorts of “No google goggling while driving” laws. That said, if they include a personal countermeasure belt that releases flares at the touch of a button, I’m 100% in. I bet it looks like this.
I’m going to take off my tongue-in-cheek hat for just a moment to say that I’m very disappointed in you for thinking I personally blundered around the internet without noscript and adblock—like some sort of rube. Boy, I was on the internet back when there was more information on how to actually get connected to the internet than there was on the internet itself.
I’m also disappointed in you for swamp-monstering around the internet with adblock on when that ad over there on the right is what pays the server fees1. Wait, is this hat still on?
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*the artists version of this quote is “Never draw anything you can copy, never copy anything you can trace, never trace anything you can cut out and paste up.”-Wally Wood**
**If you’re a comic enthusiast and don’t know who Wally Wood is… tsk, smh.
***yes, I consider my gen. ‘the current gen’.
****btw, I know it’s called ‘project Glass’ not ‘Google Glass’ but hey, I like the alliteration.
1I hope I just guilted you into buying a t-shirt.