Well, it looks like even in the absence of any kind of commercial release date, Google Glass is already ruffling a few feathers in certain corners. Not that it really comes as any great surprise and when it comes to creepy glimpses into the future, Google Glass in many respects takes the cake, the biscuit, the pie and the tablecloth at the same time.
Cast it off as a flagrant marketing stunt all you like but a bar in Seattle has in an unofficial capacity become the first in the world to ban Google Glass. And rather than putting out something of a subtly modified no-smoking sign to get the point across, management have made it pretty damn clear where they stand on the whole concept by way of a Facebook posting.
“For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses. And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators,” read the message.
Of course, this all sounds a little off-the-cuff and will by most not be taken seriously, but when speaking about the post to KIRO-FM once the message went viral, the bar’s manager Dave Meinert clarified his stance.
“Part of this is a joke, to be funny on Facebook, and get reaction. But part of it’s serious, because we don’t let people film other people or take photos unwanted of people in the bar, because it is kind of a private place that people go.”
So, joke or otherwise, you can without question chalk up at least one place you’ll be able to safely go in future years without having to wonder if every single person facing in your direction is sneakily taking photos or streaming you live to the web.
Seriously – most of us duck and cover at the sight of a stray camera and will do our level best to avoid having any of our antics broadcast on TV or the web. Does a future with hundreds of thousands of always-on cameras walking around the city streets with live web linkups bear thinking about?
I, for one, foresee a future where I’ll be spending a hell of a lot more time indoors, and at places like The 5 Point.
This is one bandwagon I can’t wait to see thousands more places jumping on.