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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’

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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