Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday predicted the end of the Internet as we know it.
Note the ‘as we know it’ ending to his statement..
There are some clear thing to agree with on this assumption of our future.. Schmidt reminds us,
“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. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”
It already is a part of our presence. Washing machines and refrigerators equipped to go online, Smart TVs being watched (and watching us) and now iWatches are on the way, making technology even closer to being implanted into our arms instead of just being worn on the outside of our skin.
The comments section on the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER story may be the most interesting.. many call Schmidt a creepy narcissistic evil entity, some call him a “Nazi” and say he deserves prison time.. One said “Google is full of nut jobs” .. and then this comment,
He’s also insane. Just model it out: 100 things in your house with IP addresses, all using electricity and all subject to configuration and durability problems. The learning curve alone is absurdly impossible. I feel like Khrushchev – I want to beat him with my shoe…
Sure, people have the chance to make witty and quick comments to stories on the Internet..But as fast and comedic as people can be, they are also purchasing the evil products that Schmidt spoke about. They are eating up smart TVs.. they are happily living a constantly-connected life on social media on their smartphones..
Schmidt is right.
The Internet is changing and it will never be the same again.
However, that’s not really a bad thing. It is just a thing.. Just as a stone tablet led to a fountain pen that led to a typewriter that led to a smart phone, it’s the progression of society and humanity. It just seems, lately, that we have steamrolled far more into the future than what human minds are capable of emotionally dealing with. At least to me.
As with anything..
Technology can be amazing and give birth to freedoms of the mind, or it can become a technocratic hell on earth led by demons with human skin. We pick..
And we buy, either buy into the future of hope or the soon-to-be-days of demonic existence.