FROM Andrew Leonard
Google Glass and the Digital World Many millions of people depend on Google to search, collect and organize data, for email and smart phones…and Google's found ways to turn all that information into billions of dollars. But Google has already demonstrated that what it gives it can take away. Now comes a new advance in personalized technology. Select people -- including one of today's guests -- are testing out Google Glass . Glance up and there's computer data in front of your eye. Ask a question, get an answer: Where's the bank or the restaurant? How does this price compare? Well and good, if you don't run into a door. But who am I talking to? That raises more questions than answers about privacy, social interaction and the influence of digital networks on daily life. Is Google Glass a step toward brain implants and computer control? Is Google losing its cool?
Google Glass and the Digital World Millions of people depend on Google to search, collect and organize data, for email and smart phones; and Google has found ways to turn all that information into billions of dollars. But Google has already demonstrated that what it gives it can take away. Now comes a new advance in personalized technology, Google Glass . Glance up and there's computer data in front of your eye. Ask a question, get an answer: Where's the bank or the restaurant? How does this price compare? But who am I talking to? That raises more questions than answers about privacy, social interaction and the influence of digital networks on daily life. Is Google Glass a step toward brain implants and computer control? Is Google losing its cool?
A Glimmer of Hope on the Employment Front Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said unemployment would stay at what he called "unacceptable" levels for some time to come. Today, President Obama found some good news in the latest labor statistics . Crediting "measures that were necessary even though they were sometimes unpopular," he called March's increase of 162,000 jobs "the best news we've seen on the job front in more than two years." Andrew Leonard is a staff writer for Salon.com, where he blogs at " How the World Works ."
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