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<nettime> Regarding Sergey Brin's statement that smartphones are 'emascu
Andrian Georgiev on Sat, 2 Mar 2013 21:07:25 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> Regarding Sergey Brin's statement that smartphones are 'emasculating'

Sergey Brin: Smartphones are 'emasculating'


Maybe these pictures tell a bigger story. Itâs safe to assume that Brinâs role at Google is âlimitedâ to overseeing development of new technologies. Just look how different his photo is from the uniform style of the rest of Googleâs leadership (http://www.google.com/about/company/facts/management/).

This makes me think that Brin does not go through Googleâs PR team before making public remarks such as smartphones are âemasculatingâ. He speaks as a genuine engineer.

Perhaps this is done on purpose. Google lets Brin speak privacy-defying futuristic stuff in order to check how people feel about self-driving cars, digital glasses, etc. Itâs not hard to imagine the following feedback loop â Brin conveys what he thinks are the benefits of Google glasses over current mobile devices -> Google observes whether people worry about privacy implications -> Google scales down its vision and ships a product with less uncanny features. Repeat. And everytime Google iterates, an additional inch of the original vision is gained.

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