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"The internet will disappear," says Google boss Eric Schmidt

by LLB Editor
23rd Jan 15 11:35 am

If there’s one person who can predict the future of the internet, it’s Google boss Eric Schmidt.

And he thinks it’s over. Or will be, sometime soon.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, when asked where the internet is headed, Schimdt said: “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. It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic,” he added.

“And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”

Speaking at “The Future of the Digital Economy” panel, Schmidt declared that in the future the internet will be even more personalised and interactive.

He went on to berate the notion that the advent of technology is resulting in job losses.

“What happens to the job that is lost? It’s the same thing that happened when people stopped farming and started using tractors.

“They find new skills and services. So while there is an enormous assumption that this time it’s different, 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 – [that] is completely false,” he said.

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