Marc Andreessen: One Day We’ll Feel ‘Naked and Lonely’ Without Google Glass

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Google founder Sergey Brin models an early prototype of Google Glass in September 2012

While privacy watchdogs fret over the possibility that people wearing Google Glass might photograph or even video record others without their knowledge, at least one tech luminary is predicting that someday we’ll grow so comfortable with the wearable technology that we’ll feel “naked and lonely” without it.

Marc Andreessen, who co-created the first mainstream web browser and is now a leading Silicon Valley investor, told CNBC on Wednesday: “I believe in the dream … the idea of having the internet with you all the time, being able to see, like, literally have the internet in your field of vision. And then also, right, the other thing with Glass is to be able to talk to it and then it talks back to you. It basically just wraps you in all the information you would ever need all the time. I think people are gonna find that they’re gonna feel basically naked and lonely when they don’t have this at some point. They’re gonna feel like they’re cut off from the world.”

(MOREMarc Andreessen – 2012 Time 100)

He went on to say that he would wear his prototype Google Glass “constantly” if it didn’t draw so much attention. “It’s like driving a ’67 Corvette. Like, it’s a great way to get people to come up and talk to you on the street. I need to live in the world where everybody has one, and then I’ll wear it all the time.”

While Google Glass doesn’t hit the shelves until next year, thousands of “explorers” have been beta testing a $1500 prototype since March. (To get a peek at what your field of vision will look like through the eyewear, check out this Google video.) The current voice-controlled prototype lets you take pictures, receive texts, get directions and check the weather on a virtual screen projected into your line of sight. Third-party developers are creating add-ons, including a porn app reportedly in the works.

Not everyone is as “tickled pink” by the augmented reality device as Andreessen. Tech reviewers point out that Glass could make us act more self-consciously and trust others less. Casinos in New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut have already banned the glasses based on worries that gamblers might use them to cheat. “If these eyeglasses were worn during a poker game, they could be used to broadcast a patron’s hand to a confederate or otherwise be used in a collusive manner,” New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement director, David Rebuck, wrote in a memo reported on by the Associated Press last week.

(MORE: The Real Privacy Implications of Google Glass)

Andreessen isn’t the only fan of Google Glass, but his enthusiasm for the wearable tech may be colored by his financial interest in it: His firm Andreessen Horowitz plans to invest in companies that are developing apps for Glass. He wrote in his blog on Monday: “We are working with Google to encourage a new generation of startup entrepreneurs to build applications for Google’s new breakthrough Glass platform.”

Want some of Andreessen’s money? Just send in your proposal: ‘We are open for business (glasscollective@a16z.com) to seed fund startups to build the first generation of amazing Glass applications,” Andreessen wrote in his blog post.

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13 comments
n7specops
n7specops

It might be good for driving around maybe, but then are ya gonna be looking at Glass or at the road? I might use it for a few minutes or something, maybe at home in a video chat or doing research or looking at a recipe while cooking, but nothing while moving about. I like my big screen on my laptop, As well, maybe I'm the only one who cares about this, but why is everything turning into a touch interface? I tried to watch my Netflix on a buddy's laptop (I have Windows 8 on mine, but it's not a touch laptop) and I couldn't because there were fingerprints all over the monitor and that ruins everything even if it's in HD. The Google glass will be good for making internet POV porn videos, I can tell ya that much. And someone stated below, what about someone self-documenting a murder or act of terror. The tech sounds like it will be innovative, but there is gonna be a lot of negative, dangerous, and illegal experimentation from consumers. I can't wait to see the enthusiastic kids down the street making the new Jack Ass series and getting seriously injured or killed in the process, but hey, at least it'll look cool from their point of view, right? SMH...

JosephBlowfish
JosephBlowfish

At some time in the future there will be a push back against technology.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

DEAD GIVEAWAY that this article is nothing more than a puff-piece:

"Andreessen isn’t the only fan of Google Glass, but HIS ENTHUSIASM FOR THE GLASS MAY BE COLORED BY [emphasis added] his financial interest in it: His firm Andreessen Horowitz plans to invest in companies that are developing apps for Glass."

So, in other words, the author of the article based the premise of her piece off the unsubstantiated bias of a sole investor.

With no further facts/evidence/statistics brought in by the author herself, this article loses all utility to the reader. It instead becomes a textbook example of How Not To Write A Professional-Grade Article. It's also demonstrative of why TIME Magazine has lost substantial revenues and readership in the last 8 years. After a while, 'all fluff and no substance' deteriorates the brand.

clemdane
clemdane

Walking around not looking at the world and the people around you and instead looking at the internet 24/7 sounds like the ultimate way to feel isolated and cut off from the world. Sounds very lonely to me. I might try google glass for a half hour for entertainment, but I'm certainly not going to place some kind of reality filter that keeps me from seeing the world as it is.

Disco_House
Disco_House

"someday we'll feel naked and lonely without google glass"  True, but they do need to make them more discrete: so they only look like a pair of sunglasses.

ErnestHerbert
ErnestHerbert

im waiting for the first self documented criminal act. wont the nsa love google glasses?

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff like.author.displayName 1 Like

This article only goes to show that enthusiasm for something is often at odds with reality.

HollyKick
HollyKick

if only a segway was free with google glass.

oelight
oelight like.author.displayName 1 Like

The way I feel when I'm not on my Segway.

sicktoaster099
sicktoaster099 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Thank God I'm not this "We" person. He sounds like a fool.

wizardwerdna
wizardwerdna like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

I can easily imagine anyone wearing that contraption to feel lonely and not likely to get naked with it on.