Eric Schmidt: "By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected."

Eric Schmidt:
According to a new G+ post by Google chairman Eric Schmidt, pretty much everyone on Earth is going to have some sort if internet connection by 2020.

"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

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: Aug 20, 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: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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's Google....

12. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

i wish in the year 2020 i can see flying cars already.

18. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 22, 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: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: Dec 05, 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: May 24, 2012

I think he probably meant everyone in the USA.

16. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

The world will be one big Human Centipede.

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

not true Eric. Some people refuse to be connected at all.

19. koloss

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

CtOS will come to life in 2020??

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