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The Google Glass feature no one is talking about — Creative Good

The Google Glass feature no one is talking about — Creative Good
(Also: en français, en español, 简体中文, 繁體中文, На русском, in het nederlands, em Português) Google Glass might change your life, but not in the way you think. There’s something else Google Glass makes possible that no one – no one – has talked about yet, and so today I’m writing this blog post to describe it. To read the raving accounts of tech journalists who Google commissioned for demos, you’d think Glass was something between a jetpack and a magic wand: something so cool, so sleek, so irresistible that it must inevitably replace that fading, pitifully out-of-date device called the smartphone. Sergey Brin himself said as much yesterday, observing that it is “emasculating” to use a smartphone, “rubbing this featureless piece of glass.” Like every other shiny innovation these days, Google Glass will live or die solely on the experience it creates for people. Except for the awkward physical design, the experience of using Google Glass has won high praise from reviewers. I’m still not done.

mini. Quiet Babylon | The Singularity Already Happened; We Got Corporations One of my favourite recurring tropes of AI speculation/singulatarian deep time thinking is mediations on how an evil AI or similar might destroy us. Here’s a recent example, Ross Anderson on human extinction as quoted/linked by Kottke. It’s a discussion about how a benign AI might be poorly designed and lead to our downfall. What happens is the AI is given a goal that is proximate to helping people but not identical to (because no one even knows what that means). The scenario imagined is one where there is a button that humans push if the AI gets an answer right and the AI wants to get a lot of button presses, and eventually it realizes that the best way to get button presses is to kill all the humans and institute a rapid fire button-pressing regime. You would have this thing that behaves really well, until it has enough power to create a technology that gives it a decisive advantage — and then it would take that advantage and start doing what it wants to in the world.’

MiKandi making Google Glass porn, app imminent Leading adult Android app creators and distributors MiKandi (, link NSFW) have confirmed it is busy making Google Glass porn. The first Glass app will be in the MiKandi app store as soon as this week. MiKandi Co-founder Jennifer McEwen told me, Google Glass Porn has been making its rounds, and while studios are intrigued, no one seems to be doing anything about it. So I wanted to let you know that we picked up our Glass and, yup, we're making content for it.As far as I know, we're one of the few, if not the only, adult companies with the device right now. So far, it's really fun! Personally, I can't wait to see what they do. MiKandi (Twitter link) quickly became the top Android adult app provider when Apple dumped over 5,000 previously-approved "naughty" apps, and MiKandi seized the moment. Ms. We’re experimenting with the features of Glass. The merging of Google Glass and adult content was as predictable as the ending of every porn scene, and so is the zomg-porn hyperbole.

Paradise regained? They live in the most biodiverse country on earth and Brazilians’ attitudes to their natural resources have changed dramatically. Sustainability, not exploitation, is now the key for a nation that is aiming to become the world’s largest food producer ©Eduardo Martino/Documentography The eroded red soil is still visible, but a new forest of eucalyptus trees now mitigates the impact of this former mine in Minas Gerais, southeast Brazil At first they just said she was crazy. Vitória da Riva Carvalho’s eyebrows pucker into a deeper frown as she remembers the years. “Everyone in Alta Floresta thought I was mad,” recalls da Riva, 68, as she fingers the reading glasses hanging around her neck. Da Riva went ahead anyway – but then a vein of craziness evidently runs in her family. It was in 1976 that Ariosto abandoned his work as a diamond trader in São Paulo and sold all he had to buy 800,000 hectares of rainforest on the southern edge of the Mato Grosso state. Instead his dream turned to ashes.

Google Glass : en test, une utilisatrice des lunettes intelligentes de Google livre son avis Alors qu'elles sont au centre d'une nouvelle polémique concernant l'identification faciale, les Google Glass, actuellement en test chez les développeurs, ont pu être essayées par quelques invités au programme Google Glass Explorer. L'un d'eux explique son expérience. Avez-vous déjà partagé cet article? Partager sur Facebook Partager sur Twitter Elles s'appelle Margo Rowder, elle est écrivain de science-fiction et cycliste. Google Glass : des étapes préalables au port des lunettes Accueillie par une douzaine de représentants de Google, la jeune femme a dû retirer ses lunettes et porter des lentilles de contact, nécessaires pour utiliser le dispositif. Ces dernières sont composés en cinq éléments : un cadre de titane, deux plaquettes qui supportent le châssis, un contrepoids sur le côté arrière droit de l'appareil, un pavé tactile, et un cube de verre, qui abrite le petit écran. Google Glass : un petit temps d'adaptation necessaire ? Google Glass : sur la route du succès ?

Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Nicholas Carr Illustration by Guy Billout "Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?” So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. I can feel it, too. I think I know what’s going on. For me, as for others, the Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind. I’m not the only one. Bruce Friedman, who blogs regularly about the use of computers in medicine, also has described how the Internet has altered his mental habits. Anecdotes alone don’t prove much. It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; indeed there are signs that new forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins. Reading, explains Wolf, is not an instinctive skill for human beings. Also see:

Google Glass: what you need to know Update: Google has halted production on its experimental wearable, but Google Glass 2 may secretly be making rounds. Matt's original review is below. Google Glass is the controversial wearable that still has its sci-looking beta testers turning heads and being peppered with questions. The increasing number of Google Glass invites has led to Project Glass being open to everyone in the US and now the UK, so curious, tech-savvy early adopters can answer most of these questions on their own. It's a little easier for them to say "yes" to Glass now that it's been upgraded with more memory and new apps. But there's one query all prospective Glass owners all struggling with right now at checkout, and it's a question I get all of the time: is Google Glass worth it? To answer that burning question, I turned a critical eye to Google's wearable computer and tested its Explorer Edition of Google Glass for eleven months. Still, this new Project Glass model is better at addition than subtraction.

SXSW 2013: This revolution is brought to you by... - Ideas@Innovations Attendees arrive at the South By Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Sunday, March 10, 2013. The 20th annual SXSW Interactive Festival takes place March 8-12. (David Paul Morris - BLOOMBERG) Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this piece included quotes attributed to several people attending the conference. The quotes have been removed because we could not confirm that they were accurate or that we had authorization to publish them in this piece. The session on social media and grassroots activism in the Middle East started to wind down at SXSW on Sunday. The corporate influence at South by Southwest is everywhere. Another paradox at SXSW is the deeply conflicted attitude towards technology. “That’s creepy,” he said, “and I’m not sure people would be okay with that.” Former U.S. Clay Johnson, author of “The Information Diet,” delivered a talk about how we were being inundated with junk information that was corrupting our minds. Read more news and ideas on Innovations:

En attendant les Google Glass, serez-vous tentés par les Recon Jet ? En attendant les Google Glass, la société canadienne Recon Instruments prépare ses propres lunettes high-tech. Elles sont d'ailleurs déjà en précommande pour 499 dollars, pour une disponibilité prévue en Europe, en Amérique du Nord, au Japon et en Australie pour le mois de décembre prochain. Recon Jet sur George Hincapie. Déjà de l'expérience dans le marché des lunettes high-tech Les Google Glass, les fameuses lunettes high-tech de Google, ne seront pas disponibles au grand public avant 2014 sauf surprise de dernière minute. Et leur tarif n'est toujours pas connu, bien qu'il ne faut pas s'attendre à un produit à très bas coût. Dans le passé, Recon s'était déjà illustré en proposant des lunettes de protection high-tech pour les adeptes du ski et du snowboard. Caméra HD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS... Avec la Recon Jet, la société vise à nouveau les sportifs, mais plutôt sur route. Recon Jet with George Hincapie from Recon Instruments on Vimeo. Nil Sanyas

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