Google boss Eric Schmidt took to the stage at Mobile World Congress last night and talked of a future of Android world domination with “an Android in every pocket”.
So far, so sensibly ambitious as an aim for the chief of a global company. But Schmidt also went on to describe a Jetson’s–style future with hologram-style communications and self-driving cars.
In his keynote speech at the event, the Google chief described how increasingly fast web connection speeds with 1GBit/s top speed would lead to holographic communications in our homes, while elsewhere he predicted robot cars capable of ferrying us around without us lifting a finger.
Back on planet earth, he also looked forward to a drop in pricing that would result in “a smartphone revolution” in the next 12 years and that if his company don’t drop the ball that this will mean Android world domination: “The smartphone revolution will be universal. In 12 years, doing the math – Moore’s Law – phones that cost $400 will cost $20 and if Google does it right there’ll be an Android in every pocket.”
Schmidt wrapped up with an impassioned statement on the freedom of the internet and attempts to censor it: “Governments will try to control the network. Forty countries regulate censorship up from four a decade ago. Twenty countries block Google services. Even in the US we see efforts. But these will fail. This is why I do what I do, and I suspect this is why many of you do what you do. The openness of the internet is one of the greatest achievements of our lifetime. Do not give that up, you will regret it.”