[…] it’s creepy because it seems designed to eliminate all the parts of life that are effectively games of chance. It’s designed to make you 100 percent efficient — and therefore about half as happy.
[…] There is a weird sense in which this technology treats everything unintended as if it is unwelcome: It is fundamentally opposed to the idea of figuring anything out for yourself. It advances the notion that we are entitled to a noncorporeal, completely nonpersonal presence we talk to like a person (“Where’s the music section?”) so we don’t have to expend the mental energy to suffer the indignity and inconvenience of potentially taking a wrong turn in a bookstore. We’re not talking here about turn-by-turn navigation that keeps you from heading for Boston and winding up in Charlotte. We’re talking about stamping out every trace of inefficiency in pursuit of a life where every right turn that would most directly have been a left becomes a problem to be solved.” —Google’s New Glasses And The War On Serendipity : Monkey See : NPR (via new-aesthetic)