Glass Half Empty

  • Aired:  06/12/14
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Jason Jones investigates an emerging form of discrimination that Google Glass "explorers" in San Francisco must face. (5:12)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THESHOW.

YOU KNOW, SOMETHING I'VE ALWAYSSAID, INTOLERANCE SHOULD NEVER

BE TOLERATED, EXCEPT IF IT'SINTOLERANCE FOR THE ORIGINAL

INTOLERANCE, WHICH IS THEN ITHINK OKAY.

THE POINT IS INTOLERANCE ISWRONG USUALLY.

JASON JONES REPORTS ON ANUNUSUAL CASE.

>> OUR NATION HAS LONG BEENHAUNTED BY DISCRIMINATION.

AND WHILE WE'VE MADE GREATSTRIDES OVER THE YEARS

OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES, THEREARE STILL THOSE THAT SUFFER

FROM THE BARBS OF INJUSTICE.

>> I WAS DENIED ADMISSIONAND SERVICE AT VARIOUS

ESTABLISHMENTS.

>> I WAS MUGGED IN THE MISSIONDISTRICT.

>> I WAS ASKED TO LEAVE A COFFEESHOP AND THE REASON WHY IS

BECAUSE "WE DON'T DO THAT HERE."

>> HOLD ON A SECOND.

WHAT THE [BLEEPED] HAVE YOUALL GOT ON YOUR FACES.

>> GOOGLE GLASS.

>> GOOGLE WHAT?

>> GOOGLE GLASS.

>> GOOGLE GL -- AND THAT'S WHATTHIS IS ALL ABOUT?

>> YES.

>> YES, IT SEEMS EVEN IN THISDAY AND AGE, YOU CAN STILL BE

TREATED DIFFERENTLY JUST BECAUSEOF HOW YOU LOOK WEARING A $1,500

FACE COMPUTER.

SADLY GLASS-O-PHOBES LIKE TECHAUTHOR LARRY ROSEN ARE ALL TOO

COMFORTABLE TO OPENLYDISCRIMINATE.

>> I DON'T THINK WE'RE SEEINGDISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE

FOR WEARING GOOGLE GLASS.

>> I BET YOU DON'T THINK THEYSHOULD GET MARRIED EITHER?

>> I'M ACTUALLY VERY PROTECHNOLOGY, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW

IF THEY'RE VIDEOTAPING YOU ORTAKING PICTURES OF YOU.

THAT'S A LEVEL OF PRIVACY THATWE'RE FINDING THAT PEOPLE DON'T

WANT VIOLATED.

>> WHAT?

THOSE NERDS CAN VIDEOTAPE ME?

>> YEAH, IT'S BASICALLY A CELLPHONE ON YOUR FACE.

SO, YOU CAN MAKE CALLS, GETE-MAIL, SURF THE INTERNET.

>> AND, OF COURSE, TAKEPICTURES.

DID YOU JUST TAKE A PICTURE OFME?

>> YES.

>> ARE YOU RECORDING ME?

>> OF COURSE I AM.

>> STOP RECORDING ME.

>> THIS IS OUR POINT OF VIEW.

>> DO YOU SEE HOW THAT CAN BECONSIDERED INVASIVE?

>> I CAN SEE THAT, EXCEPT THATYOU HAVE CAMERAS POINTED AT ME.

>> EXCEPT OUR CAMERAS HAVE REDLIGHTS AND BIG CREWS OPERATING

THEM AND YOU SIGNED A RELEASEFORM FOR A NATIONAL TV SHOW,

OTHERWISE EXACT SAME THINGYEAH.

THEY ALL HAD STORIES OFNAME-CALLING, DENIAL OF SERVICE

AT RESTAURANTS AND BARS, EVENASSAULTS ALL BECAUSE PEOPLE

THOUGHT THEY WERE BEINGSURREPTITIOUSLY FILMED, WHICH

SOMETIMES THEY WERE.

>> I WAS AT BAR AND PEOPLESTARTED VERBALLY ACCOSTING ME.

THEY STARTED GETTING PHYSICALIMMEDIATELY WHEN I STARTED

RECORDING.

THEY RIPPED THEM OFF MY FACEBASICALLY AND THEY RAN OUTSIDE.

IT WAS HATE CRIME.

THE SILLY THING IS THAT THEY'REGOING TO BE WEARING THESE THINGS

PROBABLY IN A YEAR.

>> AND THESE PHILIP K. DICKSARE ON A MISSION TO BRING US ALL

INTO THE FUTURE.

LET'S PUT ASIDE THAT THESEGLASSES ARE JUST [BLEEPED]

STUPID.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS THAT SEEMSLIKE IT'S TOO MUCH FOR YOU?

>> WHEN YOU'RE USING GOOGLEGLASS, YOU MAINTAIN IN THE HERE

AND NOW. I'M STILL LOOKING INYOUR DIRECTION.

I'M NOT DISTRACTED.

>> CAN I SEE YOU LOOK AT YOURGOOGLE GLASS?

YOU WEREN'T LOOKING AT ME.

>> I'M LOOKING IN YOUR GENERALDIRECTION.

>> THE BEST USES OF GLASS TODAYARE APPS WHERE IT ACTS AS AN

INTERFACE BETWEEN YOUAND THE REAL WORLD.

FOR INSTANCE...

>> DO YOU GUYS HEAR YOURSELFWHEN YOU TALK?

AN INTERFACE BETWEEN YOU AND THEREAL WORLD.

THOSE ARE CALLED EYES.

WHAT AM I NOT SEEING HERE THATYOU GUYS ARE CLEARLY SEEING

WHILE YOU'RE NOT LOOKING AT ME?

>> ACCESSIBILITY.

HAVING INSTANT ACCESS TOEVERYTHING ON YOUR CELL PHONE

BASICALLY.

>> BUT YOU ALREADY HAVE ACCESSTO EVERYTHING ON YOUR CELL PHONE

VIA YOUR CELL PHONE.

>> YES, BUT YOU HAVE IT RIGHTTHERE ON YOUR EYE.

>> RIGHT, AND THAT'S GOODBECAUSE?

>> BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO REACHINTO YOUR POCKET, UNLOCK YOUR

PHONE, OPEN THE APP.

>> IT'S USUALLY, OH, I GOT ANE-MAIL.

NOW I'M GOING TO SIT HERE.

>> ISN'T THAT JUST AS DOUCHEYAS...

>> HAVE YOU TRIED GLASS BEFORE?

>> I'VE NEVER WORN GLASS.

>> MAYBE THESE EYE DOUCHES WERERIGHT.

I COULDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WEREEXPERIENCING UNTIL I WALKED IN

THEIR SHOES.

BUT SINCE $1,500 IS ROUGHLY ADOWN PAYMENT ON A NEW CAR, I

MADE MY OWN.

AT FIRST I TRULY ENJOYED THEEASE OF USE.

OKAY, GOOGLE GLASS, FIND METHE BEST ESPRESSO -- OH, OUCH.

STOP STARING AT ME.

BUT SOON I WAS OPENLY HARASSED.

WHAT?

>> ARE YOU FILMING ME?

>> WHAT DO YOU MEAN "YOUPEOPLE"?

PEOPLE WOULDN'T EVEN MAKE EYECONTACT WITH MY INVASIVE

HEADGEAR.

AND SINCE WHEN CAN'T A GROWN MANWALK INTO A CHILD'S PLAYGROUND

WITH A SECRET CAMERA ON HISFACE?

WHY DO YOU ALWAYS ASSUME THEWORST?

>> GET OUT OF HERE.

>> I DON'T NEED THE SCORN FROMYOU.

>> I FINALLY UNDERSTOOD THEIRPAIN.

>> SOME OF THE NEGATIVES OFBEING AN EXPLORER ARE...

>> SORRY.

WHAT DID YOU JUST CALL YOURSELF?

>> A GLASS EXPLORER.

>> AN EXPLORER?

>> CURRENTLY GLASS USERS ARECALLED GLASS EXPLORERS.

>> MAGELLAN WAS AN EXPLORER.

CHUCK YEAGER WAS AN EXPLORER.

YOU GUYS HAVE A [BLEEPED] CAMERAON YOUR FACE.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THEY HAVETO LIVE WITH EVERY DAY OF THEIR

LIVES.

UNLESS, OF COURSE, THEY JUSTTAKE THEM THE [BLEEPED] OFF.

>> Jon: JASON JONES.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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