William Gibson has long been known as something of a prophet, predicting everything from reality TV to “cyberspace” itself. Way back in 1981 AD, William Gibson imagined something very similar to Google Glass when he introduced us to Molly Millions, the badass cyborg with a screen-like digital eye augmentation. But we’d yet to see Gibson weigh in on Glass. Until now.
Last Friday, Gibson was speaking to a sold-out crowd at the New York Public Library when someone in the crowd invited him to try out their Glass for a few seconds, captured on film by photographer Joe Kendall. Gibson ended up enjoying it:
I also got to try Google Glass, if only for a few seconds. Was faintly annoyed at just how interesting I found the experience.
— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) April 20, 2013
Yesterday, he followed his reaction up with a bit of speculation, echoing several others who’ve wondered how Glass will evolve beyond the current frame design:
Expect Google Glass to be reworked into less obvious, more trad spectacles, sunglasses etc, for covert use. Should be relatively easy.
— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) April 23, 2013
Picture: Joe Kendall/Flickr