So I’ve been wearing my google glass around Microsoft’s main campus and throughout my life. Normally, people are interested and, if anything, come and want to check them out. However, I finally this past week experienced open discrimination or even a mild harassment of sorts.
Don’t get excited, it’s not like Microsoft is not doing the same sort of thing with their own version or other companies like Meta building glasses that are much more interesting then google glass. It’s just Glass was first to market in terms of social impact and visibility that the common person is aware of it.
So here is how it went down…
I’m walking to a meeting with a client… wearing my glass on the Microsoft campus. I pass this group of 3 of what I assume are MS employee’s and they start lifting their hardware and hiding their faces… these guys are standing up in the hall and acting like 3 year olds playing hide and go seek. As I pass, they whisper just loud enough so I hear… that should not be allowed, people like that should be banned or glass should be banned and not allowed in public, and then turned their backs towards me. This happened again on the way out of the meeting hall.
Yes I know it was not a huge deal, and really kind of entertaining; but this is on one of the most technology centric campuses in the world and this is how they are behaving. It seems to me that the concern is this segment and the complete luddite sort of vitriol I could hear in their voice… now it’s sort of a joke what they did; but what happens when this sort of technology is common and companies like Microsoft and Google and Apple and Meta and the like are all working to make it better? This segment, I fear, will not be happy. The question is, will they be side lined or will it be violent? It is my hope that we all keep an eye out for this kind of Luddite behavior and help suppress this sort of illogic.
* credits… image of google glass off of glass site: http://glass.google.com/