November 27, 2012

Eric Schmidt Talks About The Future

Memory Room

 Futurism
Google's Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley start-up to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues. What does Schmidt see as the future of the internet giant, and how is Google changing to meet that vision?
S ince joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley start-up to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues. What does Schmidt see as the future of the internet giant, and how is Google changing to meet that vision?

In a recent wide-ranging conversation with Schmidt moderated by the Computer History Museum's CEO John Hollar, Schmidt touched on what he envisions for the future.


"The real interesting things that will happen in the next five or ten years have to do with the integration of things that were not possible before." says Schmidt.

He gives the example of a "memory room" that people will be building in their houses.  In room holography will make it possible to relive experiences in virtual reality.  According to Schmidt the technology is available today and is "obvious."

Schmidt also believes that, especially for the well-to-do, you will probably have your own robot, "which you'll send to the rock concert so that you can sit at home with your kids."  But if you want to experience the pounding music, haptic gloves will recreate the sensation for you.

You will take drugs that will help you be healthy says Schmidt.  The pills will communicate via wireless networks your health status from inside your body.

Based on Schmidt's position as an influencer and insider into the deep research being undertaken at Google X Labs, it would seem that these advancements are close to commercialization.

When asked about the self-driving car, Schmidt says that Google is prepared for the first accident involving a robotic vehicle, but the benefits will so dramatically affect safety that they are inevitable.  He does not give a specific time-line, but says the self-driving car will be on the roads in the near-term in large numbers.





SOURCE  Computer History Museum

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