Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Feb 2013 11:40 UTC
Google This is amazing. Not only has Google just opened up the pre-order program for Google Glass to 'creative individuals', it has also unveiled what the user interface looks like and how it works. It's... Nothing short of amazing. I'm throwing money, credit cards, my car keys, my house keys, my Surface RT, my cats, everything at my screen. I want this so bad.
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Tony Swash
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2009-08-22

But it's from Google so better make some snide remark about advertising even while their own site uses advertising and tracking as well.


We all find advertising useful sometimes both as receivers of ads and as purveyors of ads. But I do think some things are probably best not run by advertising companies, and this sort of wearable device might be such an example.

I think the police are necessary and useful but I wouldn't be happy if they ran the kindergartens, I think religious institutions have their place but I wouldn't want them to control the ministry of culture, I think political parties are essential to democracy but they shouldn't decide the verdict in court cases. etc etc.

If a company, such as Google, makes all it's money from advertising then that has an effect on what it does and how it does it. A non-advertising company would probably do a lot of things differently than Google does them. I think it would be silly to argue otherwise.

Maybe the fact that Google Glass is a product of an advertising company will have no impact on the end user experience. On the other hand it might, and that impact may have negative consequences for end users.

I would of thought it should be possible to raise such matters, even occasionally in a caustic and satirical fashion, without such concerns being condemned out of hand.

Just saying.

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