"There are more technologies people made fun of than not," said Ray Lane, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who's been a CEO, advisor and investor in technology since before Mark Zuckerberg was born. "Look at Google's driverless car, robotics."
The technology currently being mocked is Google Glass, the wearable computer which has been parodied on "Saturday Night Live." Some wearers have even been attacked in San Francisco in what may be an anti-technology backlash. At last month's Google developer conference, reports indicated that top Google executives did not wear the devices on stage.
Yet Google Glass is partnering with technology start-ups, which may help it find a place in the business world far more important and profitable than may be possible as a merely expensive personal computing accessory.