By accident, I came across a video today.
It has left me wondering if somehow I have entered into a strange parallel universe.
The video is all about Google Glass.
Now Google Glass to me is the ultimate invention that is trying to find a purpose. Or is society really heading towards a horrifying future where we have to live in some virtual world? Are there people out there who are so desperate for attention and affection that they have to be permanently plugged into Twitter and Facebook every waking moment?
The video is all about the potential uses for this Glass thing. I didn't watch it the full way through because my time would honestly be better spent engraving the Lord's Prayer on my eyeballs with a hot needle. What I did see of it tells me that apparently Google Glass is "cool". It is so "cool" that the presenter uses the word like confetti at a wedding. Surprisingly I only heard "awesome" once.
At one stage he talks about walking in the mountains over in Germany. I don't know if he thinks we all do this on a regular basis, but then as I said, he lives in an alternate universe where maybe walking in the German mountains is a daily occurrence? Anyway, on this imaginary walk he comes across a warning sign which shows a figure falling head first off a cliff. The sign is a red triangle so to you or me it's a warning sign that obviously means there is a danger of falling. The presenter however interprets the sign as something "cool". "That looks like so much fun" says he. "I wanna do that". But Google Glass does a translation of the warning sign and tells him that it means "danger". So he happily implies that Google Glass has saved his life. Now in my universe anyone who is too thick to recognise a warning sign, and even worse has to rely on the Interweb to tell him deserves to fall off a cliff, thereby proving Darwin's theories.
I had a look around to see if these Glass things are on sale. They are. And the cheapest I could find cost $2,300, rising to well over $3,000. Even worse, you then have to buy an "invitation code" to use the fucking thing. And therein lies the great paradox of Google Glass – presumably you have to be fairly intelligent to amass two to three thousand in spare cash, yet you have to be really fucking dumb to buy the thing.
If there is anyone out there who has forty or so minutes to waste [never to be recaptured], I'll include the video.
If nothing else, it gives us a brief look at this other universe, which is inhabited apparently by Homo Nerdus.