The past two decades have been culprit to a monumental shift towards the digital age, in which humans are constantly connected with each other and the outside world.
While radio, television and telephone were the primary methods of communication and connectivity in the past, the twenty-first century has encompassed the rapid adoption of digital products and services in smartphones and text messaging, notebooks and tablets, and social networks and interactive media.
With the impending release of Google Glass, a head-mounted peripheral that delivers a hands-free computing experience through augmented reality and natural language voice commands, we’re about to take another giant leap forward in terms of how connected we are with the world. Google Glass is going to make computing ubiquitous, meaning that you will be able to access and consume data anywhere and at all times. The Verge‘s Ellis Hamburger calls it “death by notification.”
According to Google’s Timothy Jordan, Google Glass is all about “getting technology out of the way,” but if his keynote yesterday was any indication, Glass could easily become just another screen, buzzing, beeping, and vying for our attention. When that screen is on your face, it’s impossible to ignore.
Google Glass could offer numerous subscription options and deliver push notifications, for services such as The New York Times publication, social network Path and communication platform Gmail. And, in a world where we at least try to occasionally escape from the constant emails, text messages, push notifications and other digital madness, Glass could be the breaking point. Forever consumed by data.