The Future According to Google

I care more about what Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt says about the future than the recently-batty-but-still-very-famous futurist Ray Kurzweil does.

For example, Schmidt thinks that

Every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites.

It’s not all bad news for your unborn grand-kids. More Shmidt:

‘One idea is that more and more searches are done on your behalf without you needing to type.’

‘I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions, they want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.’

Let’s say you’re walking down the street. Because of the info Google has collected about you, ‘we know roughly who you are, roughly what you care about, roughly who your friends are.’ Google also knows, to within a foot, where you are. Mr. Schmidt leaves it to a listener to imagine the possibilities: If you need milk and there’s a place nearby to get milk, Google will remind you to get milk. It will tell you a store ahead has a collection of horse-racing posters, that a 19th-century murder you’ve been reading about took place on the next block.

Says Mr. Schmidt, a generation of powerful handheld devices is just around the corner that will be adept at surprising you with information that you didn’t know you wanted to know.

[Holman W. Jenkins Jr. @ the Wall Street Journal via The Browser]

[image via buzzpirates]
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August 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading.

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