In a Sans Francisco bar, a woman was attacked for wearing Google Glass. This is just the latest conflict between the tech giants who have established their headquarters in the city and the residents of the area. Sarah Slocum, a social media consultant was wearing Google Glass at a bar that’s located in the Lower Haight neighborhood. The incident took place at the end of last month when she wore the head mounted computer at Molotov’s bar. However, it was only this weekend when the attack came under international attention. It is a mark of division in Sans Francisco for being the epicenter of the internet age.
Slocum was accused by one of the aggressors for ‘killing the city’. She is one of the Google Glass Explorers that were given the task of promoting and testing device for the development team of the search engine giant. While present in the bar, she was showing off its features to some people in the bar, but the gadget’s presence agitated others. She said that they had cursed her and she had decided to record the incident with the camera in the device as she was feeling threatened. She further explained that a man had pulled Google Glass off her face and had run out with it.
She was able to get the headset back that she had been using to record the incident after pursuing the man. Slocum posted on her Facebook page that hers was the only hate crime that had happened because of Google Glass. This news follows a horde of other incidents that have taken place in the same city where Google and other tech companies have been targeted by the city’s residents in anti-technology backlash against corporations in Silicon Valley. Huge rent increases have occurred in the city because of the great number of employees of the technology firms. These firms are only 30 miles away from Sans Francisco.
Therefore, about 44,000 employees have chosen to live there rather than Silicon Valley. Over the past year, the rental prices saw an increase between 10 to 135% in different neighborhoods of Sans Francisco. Another controversial topic is the use of private buses by the employees for transportation from the city to the different campuses in Silicon Valley. They are called Google buses and according to the city’s residents, they have not led to an increase in traffic congestion, but starved the local public transport of the revenue they need.
Alexandra Goldman, the city planner has said that there is about 20% faster rise in rental prices of neighborhoods, which are at a walking distance of Google bus stops as compared to the other areas. Therefore, it is not a surprise to know that various protests have been carried out in the city because of the use of these buses. The use of Google Glass is also being banned in restaurants and shops of Sans Francisco as the technology not just records, but also has the capability of live-streaming the video footage.