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Gary Shteyngart is an early adopter for Google Glass. He wrote about his experiences using the techie eyewear for The New Yorker:

As I leave Basecamp, I cross a bike lane where, a week earlier, I’d nearly been run over, an irate cyclist telling me exactly where I should wedge the iPhone I was distractedly tapping at the time. A similar near-miss now brings out a shout of “O.K., Glass!” from a cyclist clearly in the know. As I walk down lower Lexington’s curry row, a group of Indian men start chanting, “Google Glass! Google Glass!” Freshmen from Xavier High School follow me for an entire city block the way kids in the world’s poorest countries follow you if you have, say, a pen. I hear that in San Francisco, where these devices are far more in evidence, the term “Glassholes” is already current, but in New York I am a conquering hero. I pass by fascinated faces looking intently into my own unremarkable punim, as I update Walt Whitman’s poem—“Are You the New Dork Drawn Toward Me?”

Drowning In Data →

Over at The Verge, Ellis Hamburger wonders if Google Glass will just drown us in data.

While Jordan’s examples are 100 percent “tech demos,” his keynote serves as lens as to how Google sees the utility of Glass aside from taking photos, looking up words, and getting directions. There’s no doubt that Glass apps will allow a fine degree of customization for how and when notifications arrive, but so do iPhone and Android apps. The trouble is, most of us choose to ignore these settings and face a steady barrage of notifications for emails, Twitter mentions, and a dozen other apps. Since Glass is on your face, these notifications will be even more disruptive. “This isn’t innovative!” one audience member exclaimed during a Q&A session following Jordan’s talk. He said, “I don’t want to post more social network crap!” The audience roared in approval.

I simply wonder how long it will take Google to start throwing ads into these glasses.

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