Google's Brin: Smartphones 'Emasculating'
His issue: 'Rubbing featureless piece of glass.' Critics pounce
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2013 7:11 AM CST
Google co-founder Sergey Brin, left.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Sergey Brin thinks smartphones are "emasculating." "You're standing around and just rubbing this featureless piece of glass," the Google co-founder told a TED audience yesterday. That contrasts, apparently, with his Google Glass project, which has come a long way. It began as essentially "a cell phone strapped to your head," Brin said, per CNET. Observers have already jumped on his comments.

  • "Smart phones are emasculating but wearing geek glasses straight from 'Sixteen Candles' isn’t?" asked Clara Jeffery of Mother Jones in a tweet, via Bloomberg.
  • Actually, "with all their bells and whistles, today's smartphones resemble nothing more than one of James Bond's handy gadgets, and nobody ever accused the British superspy of being anything less than a man," writes Damon Poeter at PCMag.com.
Regardless of manliness, Google Glass probably won't be replacing cell phones anytime soon—thanks in large part to cancer concerns, Quartz notes. The FCC has guidelines on radio frequency absorption in the human body, and having a cell phone radio right next to a single point on our body can't be healthy, Christopher Mims writes. As it stands, the glasses don't connect to cellular networks.

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lvan
Mar 2, 2013 5:08 AM CST
I'm sure that SirGay didn't exactly mean that. Unless it was a cruel stub at iDildo devices I'd go with that usual cultural scape goat or language barrier. As for Bond... uhh, lately Frasier is more masculine. Again that horrible bias of mine to Mr.Cowboy.
G.O.P.
Mar 1, 2013 5:01 PM CST
Put a cell phone in your pocket and you can microwave your balls
apocalypso
Feb 28, 2013 4:00 PM CST
Google: Be Evil.