Computers you wear on your face!
That? The incoming invention brought to you by…
Have you seen these soon to be revolutionary glasses?
If they do even half of what they say they can do? very cool.
However they DO have a very high geek factor in that…
They just make you look so U G L Y.
[via Gizmodo] Do You Care How Ugly the Google Glasses Are?
The internet, it is divided! Some people are disgusted by the Google Glass look—it is pretty goddamn nerdy. On the other hand, if it actually works as well as that snazzy demo video, does it even matter?
Yes and no! Presumably, Google’s computer glasses will have to look at least not-stupid enough for you to wear them without feeling enough shame to immediately take them off. But they’re a device, right? So they should be judged on the merits of how well they work? On how well they can augment that ol’ reality? A bit of an android chicken and the cybernetic egg it was e-hatched from, we think. [Read More]
Should that even be a deterrent?
Considering THIS (below) science?
It definitely should.
[via io9] Ugliness is nature’s way of keeping species from interbreeding
Some species share the exact same territories, rely on the exact same resources, and are sufficiently closely related that they can easily interbreed. So why don’t these just merge into a single population? Because they simply don’t want to interbreed.
Our current theories about biodiversity have trouble explaining just how a bunch of very closely related species, such as fish, can all exist in the same small habitat – a lake, say – and yet maintain their biological distinctiveness. After all, biodiversity is primarily driven by the different adaptation required to survive in various ecological niches. But if the habitat itself becomes too uniform, then surely one species will gain an evolutionary advantage and, eventually, drive all the other similar species to extinction.
The fact that that simply isn’t the case in many habitats with lots of closely related species drew the attention of researchers at the University of British Columbia. They found that sexual selection – in which females choose which males they do and don’t want to mate with – could actually be enough to explain why biodiversity can endure even in such close quarters between species. As long as females are picky about who they want to mate with, the different populations and species can keep co-existing. Leithen M’Gonigle, now at UC Berkeley, explains the two basic ideas at work here:
“Our model shows that species can stably coexist in the same habitat as long as two simple conditions are met. First, the distribution of resources they use must not be uniform, so that groups of females with different mate preferences can occupy different resource hotspots. Second, females must pay a cost for being choosy, through reduced survival or fecundity.”
The question you must ask yourself is simply this: Is having the newest, coolest gadget worth running the risk of you NEVER being able to procreate because you look like a big goober (<<< scientifically clinical term)…
I think it just might.