Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that the world wide web is not living up to its name when only a third of the planet can connect to it. We assume China is on his mind.
Schmidt said that about two billion people, less than a third of the world’s population, have internet access, and one billion have smartphones.
In Israeli occupied Palestine, to talk to a conference, Schmidt told AP that technology does not produce miracles, but connectivity, even in modest amounts, changes lives. And maybe wives for that matter.
Schmidt was optimistic about the world’s technology. He said that the tremendous growth of smartphones can quickly reduce the gaps between the haves and have-nots. He didn’t talk about the has beens.
He said that everyone is blessed with a capacity for innovation and connectivity will help unlock that potential, which is obviously sheer tosh.
He cited the Khan Academy which has 3,000 video lessons on YouTube. The Academy, which receives funding from Google, is a non-profit organisation that offers free online lectures in subjects ranging from physics to American history and algebra.
Schmidt, somewhat ironically, warned about the “lack of a delete button” online. He was worried about people uploading snaps of their mates feeling a little worse for wear and that could ruin their life, if they have a life, that is.