Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: Mobile Will Change Lives
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt challenges Mobile World Congress attendees to use mobile technology to create a global community of equals.BARCELONA, Spain Reciting a now-familiar theme, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt in his annual keynote speech at Mobile World Congress laid out his vision of a world where technology empowers communities across the globe and acts as a leveler for the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit he said exists in every individual. The address combined the former Google CEO's sweeping view of technologys benefits for humanity with futuristic societies employing applications to create new experiences, like using a holograph to attend a rock concert or convention thousands of miles away. Schmidt also touched on political themes and warned of the dangers imposed by the regulation of the Internet and proclaimed that an interconnected world leaves little room for autocratic and dictatorial governments to hide. He cited the outpouring of support and communication during the Arab Spring, the earthquake in Japan and the violence in Syria as examples. In times of war and suffering, it will be impossible to ignore the voices that cry out for help, he said.
Despite the sometimes-grandiose bent of Schmidt's speech (for example, his mention of a lunar eclipse via hologram from the deepest jungle of the Congo), he provided plenty of practical scenarios. These included small businesses using applications to grow a client base and reduce overhead, or the benefit of smartphones that act as mobile medical stations.