Don't Laugh At Google Glass

So Google’s heads-up-display glasses are goofy.

So what? A lot of technologies are goofy until they become ubiquitous. Television is a box of moving pictures showing people doing things somewhere else. You’re watching a piece of glass instead of the real world. And those people on the screen? You don’t even know them. And the things they’re saying? They’re just reciting a script. You’re spending four hours a day watching strangers—some of whom may be dead—in your living room, and you’re having a ball.

Success has a way of turning the goofy into the ordinary. When everyone does something, it becomes normal. See also: Talking on the phone. Telling the whole world everything you like on Facebook. Trying to craft a witty review of your neighbourhood’s taco truck in fewer than 140 characters. You’re used to it, so the inherent goofiness melts away.

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