Eric Schmidt, one of the founders of Google along with Sergey Brin, said on a technology panel at the World Economic Form at Davos that the internet will disappear. Schmidt’s provocative remark sent shockwaves in the media until the co-creator of one of the most powerful internet companies clarified his remark.
What he meant was the internet will evolve to become seamless, that the internet as we know it probably won’t be around in a few years. According to inferse.com, Schmidt explained, “I will answer very simply that the internet will disappear … there will be so many IP addresses, so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you will not even sense it.”
In other words, the internet may not become quite like oxygen, but perhaps like electricity, a force that we won’t notice anymore, as long as it works.
The panel also included Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook who discussed the process of bringing connectivity to a growing population worldwide, particularly the 5 billion who have yet to have access to the internet. Google and Facebook are both striving to bring more people online with Project Loon, a network that will use balloons to bring internet connection to remote areas. Also on the panel were Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer who discussed the issue of privacy and protecting internet users from hacker and intrusion.