Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Mar 2013 10:44 UTC, submitted by Laurence
Hardware, Embedded Systems Steve Mann on his 35-year history building and wearing computerised eyewear. "Was it blind luck (pardon the expression) that I was wearing this vision-enhancing system at the time of the accident? Not at all: I have been designing, building, and wearing some form of this gear for more than 35 years." Glass has the potential to have a huge impact on the world - and just like with the advent of the mobile phone, people are afraid, cynical, and unable to see the possibly huge benefits of systems like this.
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Comment by gan17
by gan17 on Tue 5th Mar 2013 15:07 UTC
gan17
Member since:
2008-06-03

...people are afraid ...

As a motorcyclist, I think I have the right to be somewhat afraid.

http://backmarker-bikewriter.blogspot.nl/2013/02/google-is-going-to...

If you think the writer's exaggerating, then you haven't seen how dangerously the average soccer mum in her stupid ugly vehicle (suv) drives in normal, non-distracted conditions yet.

Edited 2013-03-05 15:08 UTC

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RE: Comment by gan17
by Novan_Leon on Tue 5th Mar 2013 15:42 in reply to "Comment by gan17"
Novan_Leon Member since:
2005-12-07

As a fellow motorcyclist, I agree.

On a related point, I realize this might be an unpopular opinion in a community filled with technophiles, but isn't there a point where we become too reliant on technology in our daily lives? Don't get me wrong, I love technology and I work in IT for a living, but even I realize the need to 'detach' myself from technology and learn to enjoy simple pleasures such as a walk in the park, reading a book, or just soaking in the peace and quiet.

Personally, I have no desire to be constantly connected to the world via a device on my head. I value my independence from technology too much.

Edited 2013-03-05 15:43 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by gan17
by JAlexoid on Tue 5th Mar 2013 16:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by gan17"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Be bold. Use aeroplane mode!

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RE[2]: Comment by gan17
by lucas_maximus on Tue 5th Mar 2013 17:04 in reply to "RE: Comment by gan17"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Pretty much how I feel.

At the weekend I am straight on my bicycle putting in the miles or out with my friends.

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RE[2]: Comment by gan17
by Yagami on Tue 5th Mar 2013 18:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by gan17"
Yagami Member since:
2006-07-15

I completly agree !

I recommend to just step away of your computer .... Get a nice wine bottle and THEN DRIVE !!!

really... if you feel some much safer if the other driver is crazy but not using tech ... go ahead...

please do not address the real problem and try to remove reckless drivers of the road !

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RE: Comment by gan17
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 5th Mar 2013 17:13 in reply to "Comment by gan17"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

While I'm sure you are a good and "safe"
motorcyclist, the activity itself is necessarily less safe than other modes of transportation. As I advise all friends who ride, be safe.

Having said that, Google Googles have the potential to make motorists more safe. They wouldn't have to glance at their phones/gps devices for directions. And possibly Google could integrate some of its self driving car technology to alert drivers to dangers like motorcycles in blind spots, or that the driver is too tired, or experiencing some kind of a medical emergency.

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RE[2]: Comment by gan17
by zcal on Tue 5th Mar 2013 19:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by gan17"
zcal Member since:
2012-07-27

I tend to believe that less is more when it comes to operating a vehicle. Anything that abstracts the process of driving away from the driver is trouble waiting to happen. Even something as seemingly trivial as an automatic transmission incentivizes people to ignore what their vehicle is doing and busy their hands/minds with something else.

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RE: Comment by gan17
by darknexus on Tue 5th Mar 2013 20:46 in reply to "Comment by gan17"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

"...people are afraid ...

As a motorcyclist, I think I have the right to be somewhat afraid.
"
And as a pedestrian, I think I have even more cause to be afraid. Anyone who hasn't seen how inconsiderate the average motorcyclist can be when it comes to obeying traffic signals could use a wake-up call. Agree with you on the SUVs though, and not saying you are an inconsiderate cyclist, but felt the need to point out that bikers can be just as prickish.

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