Conan Skit Demonstrates Hilariously Morbid Side of Google Glass

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Google's venturing into uncharted territory with its Glass initiative, and that can be a scary thing for some people. The topic of privacy is perhaps the biggest talking point when it comes to Google Glass, but as some comedy skits have demonstrated, there's some potential for things to go sideways -- very sideways -- when meshing augmented reality with artificial intelligence.

A 2min 30sec skit that appeared on Conan shows the depressing side of Google Glass. It features a guy who lives at home and spends his Saturday evenings having dinner with his mother. He's a recluse, a fact that Google Glass repeatedly points out in subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways. Glass is also willing to help him overcome some personal problems.


"It looks like you're having trouble urinating," a Google Glass Helper says as the wearer stares at a toilet. "Take a look at this video footage of a waterfall and I'll make water noises with my mouth."

The video turns morbid at the end with the Helper identifying that the wearer is trying to hang himself. Rather than try and talk him out of it, the Helper provides instructions on how to tie a proper noose, then proceeds to call his family and friends in his contacts list after the deed is done.

This isn't the first time Google Glass has been the target of a spoof. Saturday Night Live took some jabs at Google Glass in a skit that mainly focused on how frustrating it can be for today's gadgets to properly recognize voice commands.
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"The topic of privacy is perhaps the biggest talking point..." I wouldn't worry about privacy. With the government now allowed to access webcams without you knowing and cameras in public just about everywhere you go, there is no such thing as privacy anymore. Of course only when someone who is above the law is doing something they shouldn't, then privacy is very much alive.

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I would simply refuse to talk to anyone with google glass on. Now with all the privacy issues currently I do not see google glasses taking off. However in saying that people are very dumb. I mean look how many people got the Iphone 5s with a finger print scanner... lol...

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Geoblocked video, wtf.

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sevags replied on Sun, Dec 8 2013 6:45 PM

So why did he hang himself? Because he was going to die alone or because of Glass? Sometimes Conan is hilarious and sometimes you get video like this. Good effort but the video made me like Glass more, I'm really curious if it can really help with my bathroom problem.

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Enjoyed this video & love Conan. Is the guy who played the Glass helper the same one who did the lips for the talking heads in his old skits? That guy is awesome.

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