The Future is Here

The Future is Here

Gary Shteyngart Had The Idea For Google Glass, But His Editor Thought It Was ‘A Little Much’


In this week’s New Yorker, Gary Shteyngart chronicles his adventures wearing Google Glass. Russian émigré novelist Mr. Shteyngart is a prime candidate to pioneer the technology. After all, his last book, Super Sad True Love Story, foretold a near-future that was eerily prescient.

Mr. Shteyngart envisioned a device called an äppärät, which was basically an even more powerful smartphone, that constantly beamed a stream of information and data to the characters. But in early drafts, Mr. Shteyngart was even more ahead of the curve.

He had conceived something more akin to … well, Google Glass. Read More