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An anonymous reader writes "While he acknowledged that technology needs to keep going forward, LeVar Burton didn't seem comfortable with the idea of using Google Glass. '"It disturbed me. I was skeptical... [and] I'm a person that's very open to technology." That's the reaction LeVar Burton, the man best known from Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation, first had when encountering Google Glass backstage at Engadget Expand. Burton, a self-described edutainment pioneer, acknowledges the disruptive power new technologies can have on media and culture — after all, he did help transform television into a worthy educational tool/babysitter with his PBS program. But even with that storied success, and his company's current inroads into digital with an iPad Reading Rainbow application, Burton still had a "knee-jerk" response when confronted with Glass. Although his celebrity status and the resulting paranoia could have something to do with it.'"
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LeVar Burton On Google Glass

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  • by hawguy (1600213) on Sunday November 10, 2013 @05:42PM (#45386479)

    listens? Why not ask Roger Moore? How about the closet guy, the ex-Mr Nocole Kidman? The dude is an actor. And from the last Sci-Fi, Syfi?, movie of the day, not a very good one.

    Because he spent 10 seasons of TNG wearing a more advanced (and less stylish) Google Glass.

  • by dottrap (1897528) on Sunday November 10, 2013 @06:02PM (#45386595)

    Because he spent 10 seasons of TNG wearing a more advanced (and less stylish) Google Glass.

    Dude, this is Slashdot. You're going to get crucified for that imprecision.

    7 seasons of TNG + 4 movies.
    Generally accepted episode count: 178

  • by Zero__Kelvin (151819) on Sunday November 10, 2013 @06:03PM (#45386603) Homepage
    I don't recall everyone thinking cell phones were stupid. When did that happen? I remember a lot of people saying "That's cool. I wish I were rich so I could have one too." I recall a small segment of the population saying that they didn't need one. I don't recall anyone saying they were stupid.
  • Re:"Celebrity?" (Score:5, Informative)

    by SeaFox (739806) on Sunday November 10, 2013 @06:50PM (#45386833)

    Never heard of this guy.

    He actually is a celebrity, known amongst geeks for his character on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    Asking his opinion on Google Glass is completely intentional, as his character on the series was a blind man who viewed the word through a device that sat at eye-level on his head [link to pics] [] and interfaced directly with the visual cortex. The device allowed him to see the world in an unnatural but heightened way far outside the normal visible light-spectrum, closer to electromagnetic spectrum (someone will reply to this and give exact spectrum/wavelengths I'm sure).

    So some marketoid is trying to draw a parallel between the character's visor and Google Glass.

  • by Rude Turnip (49495) < minus berry> on Sunday November 10, 2013 @07:07PM (#45386945)

    "If you're tagged in a photo, you can exercise your privacy controls over it."

    I take exception to this. Why should I ever have to interact with Facebook in the first place? It is entirely possible to tag someone's name into a photo that does not have a Facebook account.

    My heart is warmed by the fact that kids are now moving away from Facebook and going back to private messaging like iMessage, Whatsapp, etc., to get away from compromising situations.

  • by crossmr (957846) on Sunday November 10, 2013 @08:43PM (#45387465) Journal

    But if you tag someone in a photo who doesn't have a profile, it won't matter. It doesn't link to anything.

    It's a shame you're on a tech site but so ignorant of the technology that you're speaking out against. The way HR sees photos of your on facebook is because they find your profile and you have privacy set to public, and photos of you that friends tagged, which you approved are also sitting there publicly on your wall.

    They don't find them via your friends profiles. They find them because of the connection to your profile.
    So if you aren't on facebook, there is no profile for them to connect to, and they won't be showing up in any searches.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 11, 2013 @03:01AM (#45389053)

    ..or they find them because, you know, I don't have a social-media account but my dim-whitted cousin tagged me by name in a photo and when an employer types in "XYZ name and XYZ town they find pics of me on his feed. i have no profile so the tags float until i create an account and turn tagging off.

    Search engines index all the shit they can.

    You don't need a profile.

    I know because it's happened to me.


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