Eric Schmidt in a very short speech at the recent IBM Partners leadership conference shows to all of us what the future could be in a very interesting compelling way.
Some of the facts:
Currently the Internet has 1.3 billion users, with 200 million getting added each year.
In Japan, 3 of the most popular books were delivered first on the mobile readers and subsequently done on print.
There were just 400 servers in 1983, and now there are more than 500 million servers worldwide.
There are 70 million blogs, with over 120,000 blogs being created every day
7 million photos are uploaded to Picasa (Google’s photo sharing site) each day
10 hours of video uploaded on YouTube each minute.
500 million Wifi chip sets will be sold next year.
His most provocative statement of the future: By 2019, there could be a device that could sit on the belt or kept in the wallet that could have 85 years of video on it. You will be dead before you can see all of it. One of the ultimate frustrations in life.
But what he said about Convergence was interesting. Convergence is not everything (services) going into one device. It is entering (all the services) into one server or services in the cloud and hence even if the devices are different, the content in all that will remain the same.
His quote on Breakthroughs was equally profound: Great breakthroughs are closer to what happens in a flood pane. It is not one idea. A dozen tributaries converge and the rising waters lift the genius high enough so that he or she can see the conceptual obstruction of the age.
His entire address and the subsequent panel discussion can be viewed here. Each time I hear Eric speak, I come back with more knowledge and insight. An earlier interview of Eric is also available on my blog here.
As you see this, maybe you should also see some of the other great CEO interviews and discussions. A few are listed here
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