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Smartphones Are Emasculating Says Google's Brin

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "Kevin Bostic writes that Google may pull in lots of money from the sale of Android martphones, but Google co-founder Sergei Brin recently aired some unflattering opinions on the devices, calling them "emasculating" and offering Google Glass as a solution to the societal problems they pose. Brin took the stage at TED2013, sporting his now ever-present Google Glass unit, and said the rise of the smartphone has led to people essentially getting addicted to antisocial behavior, according to the TED Blog. "The cell phone is a nervous habit," Brin explained. "If I smoked, I'd probably smoke instead, it'd look cooler. But I whip this out and look as if I have something important to do. It really opened my eyes to how much of my life I spent secluding myself away in email." Brin added that the way people access smartphone data requires them to disconnect from the world around them and that the reliance on smartphones is somewhat degrading. "Is this the way you're meant to interact with other people?" Brin continued. "It's kind of emasculating. You're just rubbing this featureless piece of glass. Is this what you're meant to do with your body?" Brin hopes that the head-mounted computing unit will allow people to leave their smartphones in their pockets, instead calling up information when they need it and going about their lives when they don't. "When we started Google 15 years ago, my vision was that information would come to you as you need it. You wouldn't have to query at all.""

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