Why Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Believes the Internet Will Disappear

23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Eric Schmidt’s Disappearing Internet And The Millennial Test.

Yesterday, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt burnished an old trope that must make the heart of every major technology developer leap a little.

Here is the upshot, via Tech Week Europe: “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear … There will be so many IP addresses…so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it.” What “invisible” looks like is not as easy to predict, even from the Olympian perch of Davos. The Internet is: cheapening language, it is stunting curiosity (because answers come so easily), we are never bored so we lose creativity, it steals innocence too quickly, it makes us impulsive with our buying and talking, it is creating narcissists, it creates filter bubbles which limits discovery, it hurts local business, it is filled with false evidence, it desensitizes us to tragedy, it makes us lonely.

My students did not even get to economic impact concerns, but for the record Schmidt assured the audience he sees jobs emerging everywhere and offered a prediction that extends past the economy. That somehow no one is going to have a job in the world, and it’s just going to be the Davos elite who is going to have a good time and everyone else is going to be rioting is completely false.”

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