Google is full of nerds. This is an obvious proclamation, on the surface, but it’s more meaningful than just “Google is full of people who are really good at coding.” The employees a company hires tend, one way or the other, to define its direction. And the most telling product, in that sense, is the now widely-available Google Glass, possibly the most miserably self-indulgent product a company has ever produced.
Why do I say this? Google Glass is essentially what happens when you let nerds replace social skills with billions of dollars. As a result, it reflects a nerd’s own worst instincts. Everything that’s wrong with being a nerd can be distilled into this $1500 status symbol.
“You’d Get It If You’d Just Admit I’m Right!”
Nerds, especially successful ones, tend towards arrogance. A lot of nerds have been told they’re smart from a very young age, have worked very hard to become smarter and more informed, and have quantifiable data to prove they’re smarter. There is very rarely a more effective way to breed a total douchebag than to puff up somebody’s ego and then have that ego proven right, constantly, and nerds get this all the time.
The end result, especially for highly successful nerds, is that they don’t like to hear that they’re wrong. Hell, nobody does; the human ego is a delicate, angry thing. But it’s especially bad for nerds because their entire identity is built around always having the right answer. They’ve got the 4.0 GPA and the successful tech company to prove they’re right, and you’re wrong, so shut up. Hence Google’s attempt to head off the Glassholes with an FAQ that just emphasized Google itself was run by Glassholes.
Glass has failed as a consumer product. It’s abundantly clear the larger consumer market, Google’s main target, doesn’t want this thing, despite Google’s claims to the contrary. Yet Google will keep forcing the issue until somebody makes them stop.
“Social Interaction Is An Engineering Flaw!”
For various reasons I basically had to start developing actual social skills in college. Stuff that comes naturally to other people, like not being a blunt douchebag, was something I had to work at. I had to apply almost a software program to my social interactions at first so that people wouldn’t think I was a complete jackass. It’s gotten easier, but it was hard at first, and if I didn’t have to make the effort, I probably wouldn’t have.