Eric Schmidt: "By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected."
"For every person online, there are two who are not. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected."
Wishful thinking, or a well-founded forecast? Well, we can't be sure yet, but the thought of every person being able to access the internet does make us really excited! The internet is chock-full of information right now, imagine what it will be like when the number of users increases threefold! Currently, about 34% of the world's population is said to be online, which means that we're still in the early stages of deployment. However, it also means that there's quite a bit of work left to be done until everyone on Earth can enjoy PhoneArena.com.
Schmidt's post also raises some other interesting questions. For example, what's going to happen with countries that have the resources to build an internet infrastructure today, but do not do so, because they don't want their citizens to have access to the biggest info pool in the world. Will those countries change their mind and embrace modern virtues like... freedom? Who knows, let us hope that the world will have become a better place by 2020.
source: Eric Schmidt (Google+) via AndroidAuthority
1. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
Completely agree with the last line of the article......
Hope that technology shows the way and brings people close enough to be friends and let peace prevail......
4. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
My skepticism comes from a different yet similar place. I'm not thinking of countries that can but don't build infrastructure, what about the countries whose people can't afford it. Does Mr. Schmidt assume that those that can't afford to feed all their children on the same day will be fed and have money for internet? Or that the governments that neglect to spend money on food for them, will give them free internet? Sorry Mr. Schmidt, but I think you're view is short sighted. For your prediction to be true, hunger must be eliminated. People who can't afford to eat will not put the internet before food. I can't help but think this is another instance of the rich forgetting about the poor.
10. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I wish that was the case that people would embrace much more when everyone is connected. The issue though is that when it comes to countries, they tend to want to look out for their own interest, which in many ways is fine as its their right. Sadly, that also means that if they want to, they will try and restrict information as they like. The truth however is that eventually someone will get the idea that they no longer want that filter and will clash with those who wish to keep it. End game, the people would eventually win. I just hope it goes about much less problematic than i described.
11. FlushGordon (unregistered)
THANK YOU Google for making technology more affordable than ever. I'm not saying they're perfect but if I had to root for lesser evil...it's Google....
12. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
i wish in the year 2020 i can see flying cars already.
18. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
I rather have auto driving cars, sleep during traffic or watch a show or eat breakfast or all three if I have a longer commute.
13. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5210; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Hmm....year 2020? Smartphones (phablet) screen size will be increased to 10 inches, so we need jeans with HUGE pockets in that time! xD
14. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Google you change the game with Android, for that a big Thank You. This gave a real boost to the Linux community and development.
15. itreday (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 May 2012)
I think he probably meant everyone in the USA.
16. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
The world will be one big Human Centipede.
17. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
not true Eric. Some people refuse to be connected at all.