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Google’s Sergey Brin Calls Smartphones “Emasculating” During TED Talk

by Brandon Russell | February 28, 2013February 28, 2013 6:00 am PDT

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Smartphones make communicating  and consuming infinitely easier. But we’ve become so used to our devices, addicted even, that our life experiences are often interrupted or otherwise reduced to a tiny screen. Google wants to change that with Google Glass.

At a TED talk on Wednesday, Google co-founder Sergey Brin argued the merits of Glass technology, saying it doesn’t interfere with what a person is doing. Expounding further on his talk, Brin went so far as to say smartphones are “emasculating.” Huh?

“You’re standing around and just rubbing this featureless piece of glass,” Brin said. Suddenly every Android phone ever made is featureless. Brin might have a point about smartphones undermining a person’s experiences, but to call smartphones featureless is a bit far and silly, especially when Glass relies on a smartphone to work at its fullest potential.

People rub smartphone glass because they’re playing games, or watching movies, or texting friends, or browsing the Web. Glass might make it so you spend less time staring at your screen, but only in certain instances. And, for that matter, you can easily stuff a smartphone into your pocket while Glass is stuck on your face.

It’ll be interesting to see just how less emasculating Glass is compared to the smartphone experience when they come out later this year. Instead of rubbing a small piece of glass, it’ll sit right squarely in the middle of your face.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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