Innovations in 5: Google Glass gets the SNL treatment; 3D printed gun fired in U.S.

May 6, 2013

Here’s what we’re reading and watching today:


A screenshot from the May 4 episode of Saturday Night Live. (Hulu.com)

1) Saturday Night Live has taken on Google Glass. In a skit during the late-night comedy show’s Weekend Update segment, “tech correspondent Randal Meeks” played by Fred Armisen offers instructions on how to use Google Glass, mocking the various ways in which the wearable technology works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMcpWxF9hbI

At least one trend has already emerged as more users get their hands on Glass. First-person sports videos, where users employ Glass to film themselves engaging in athletic activities, have been popping up on YouTube, as The Post’s Haley Crum wrote on May 2. The technology has even made some in the futurist community nervous, as Vivek Wadhwa wrote in April.

2) Could shopping online get more expensive? It might. The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday to authorize states to collect sales taxes for online purchases. The Marketplace Fairness Act is widely expected to pass in the Senate, but its fate is less-than-certain in the House where some Republicans oppose the measure because they say it’s a tax increase. The Senate vote is scheduled for this evening.

3) The BBC reports that the first 3D printed gun, made by Defense Distributed, has been printed and fired in the United States:

4) Wired’s Adam Mann has a Q&A with Google’s chief Internet evangelist and Internet founding father Vint Cerf on the creation of an interplanetary Internet:

“…It’s actually not new at all – this project started in 1998. And it got started because 1997 was very nearly the 25th anniversary of the design of the internet. Bob Kahn and I did that work in 1973. So back in 1997, I asked myself what should I be doing that will be needed 25 years from then. And, after consultation with colleagues at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we concluded that we needed much richer networking than was then available to NASA and other space faring agencies.” – Vint Cerf

5) Harvard Business Review has an interview with venture capitalist and Netscape Navigator co-creator Marc Andreessen that covers everything from his take on the lean start-up movement to what he looks for when investing in a new tech company:

“I define a tech start-up as a new company whose value is the innovation it’s bringing to the world. It’s not the value of the product it’s currently building but the value of the products it’s going to build in the future. So it’s worth investing in a technology company only if it’s going to be an innovation factory for years to come.” – Marc Andreessen

Disclosure: The author’s sibling works at Google, but not on the Glass project.

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