Sunday, April 13, 2014

Google Glass Wearer Assaulted in San Francisco

Kyle Russell writes at Business Insider:
On Friday night, I was assaulted while walking down
the sidewalk in the Mission District of San Francisco.
A colleague and I had just finished covering a march in protest of a Google employee who had recently evicted several tenants after buying and moving into a home in the area.

After more than an hour spent working on the story in a coffee shop, I arranged my laptop, camera, and notes in my backpack. Mindlessly, I put on Google Glass instead of squeezing it in with the rest of my things.

(In retrospect, I can see how that might not have been the best idea.)

The aforementioned colleague and I were on our way to the 16th Street BART station — I'll note that I wasn't using any device at the time — when a person put their hand on my face and yelled, "Glass!"

In an instant the person was sprinting away, Google Glass in hand.

I ran after, through traffic, to the corner of the opposite block. The person pivoted, shifting their weight to put all of their momentum into an overhand swing. The Google Glass smashed into the ground, and they ran in another direction.

Not knowing what to do, I scooped up the remains and continued to follow. We went back in the direction of the intersection where it started when the person ran into my colleague while I was blocked by traffic. After a brief moment, the person got away.

Note 1: It is strange that Russell only identifies the assaulter as a "person," not providing gender or race. Is this what the politically correct reporting is coming to?

Russell continues:
 I tweeted about what happened
Word got around quickly. Initial reactions from friends on Twitter were very supportive — and then the trolls 
These are some of the tweets that were sent to him:

This is Russell's response to these tweets:
 As responses have flooded in and I've looked back on the situation, I've started to understand where the people barraging me with angry tweets are coming from.

While I may not be a resident of San Francisco — I live across the Bay in Berkeley, where rent is affordable — or a wealthy young software engineer, I've worked in the city for three years. I'd like to live and work in or near San Francisco for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately, anything associated with Google has come to represent gentrification in the city, from the buses that take young software engineers to their corporate campuses in Silicon Valley to Google Glass. This is especially true in areas where gentrification and income inequality have become points of conflict in the community.

People are being evicted or priced out of their homes. What's the difference between losing your home and having property destroyed?...I can see why the person who smashed my Glass did what they did.
Welcome  to the People's Republic of San Francisco, where there is never discussion about the rent controls and zoning laws that discourage and limit construction. If construction were allowed to move forward, rents would drop dramatically. The problem isn't techies moving into the city, it is city planners, and their supporters, who don't understand economics 101 and the fact that greater supply drives prices down. Limiting supply only results in rationing of one sort or another. It's slowly becoming rationing by price in SF and that means the low payers get evicted.

If new construction were allowed, the moneyed techies would be moving into those apartments and leaving the second and third tier housing supply, for those with lower incomes. But with the supply limited, the low payers are getting evicted instead of seeing more rent options.


  1. Threw It On The Ground


  2. The only thing I have to wonder is how may people feel like Google glass is an invasion of their privacy. Yes, they are in public, but you never know when someone's video capture might end up on the internets...sure, we give up all rights to privacy by leaving our property...but we all have to do so to live so it's really not a choice per se.

    1. That was my initial thought too. People just assume your recording them. They dont like it and I dont blame them. No one like to be recorded without permission. Therefore I predict google glass wont go mainstream. It will go the way of the Segway, business only.

  3. Sounds like google needs to pack up and move to an area where they're welcome and let San Fran dry up and die.

  4. It sure seems like we're circling back to the 1970s, doesn't it? Massive inflation. Big cities wallowing in the crime and morass of angry people who are victims of socialism and don't even realize it. Rent too high for average people (usually leading to rent control and even more poverty and problems).

  5. "...and morass of angry people who are victims of socialism and don't even realize it"

    Simple minded dumb fucks NEVER get it. Instead of THINKING they let ENVY get in the way. They're also too LAZY to study even an introductory book on economics. This isn't rocket science. But worthless morons like those bastards prefer to assault people and blame someone who makes more money (read: works harder) than they do.

    Talk about pathetic. The little shit who assaulted him should have to pay any damages including penalties for what is an act of cowardice, laziness, and envy.

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