Internet Will Soon Disappear; Top Google Executive Predicts

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, speaks during the session "The Future of the Digital Economy" in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 22, 2015 (Reuters / Ruben Sprich)

 “I will answer very simply that the internet will disappear,” Schmidt said on Thursday at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Why?

“There will be so many IP addresses, … so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it, it will be part of your presence all the time,”he explained. “Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”

Schmidt spoke on the theme “The Future of the Digital Economy”. He predicts  highly personalized, highly interactive and very, and he said, a very interesting world emerges.

World Should Expect The Death Of Piracy

Harvard professors at the World Economic Forum in Davos Thursday and assembled elite heard that the notion of individual privacy is effectively dead.

“Welcome to today. We’re already in that world,” said Margo Seltzer, a professor in computer science at Harvard University.

“Privacy as we knew it in the past is no longer feasible … How we conventionally think of privacy is dead,’ she added.

Sophia Roosth, a researcher in genetics said, intelligence agents were already asked to collect genetic information on foreign leaders to determine things like susceptibility to disease and life expectancy. said it was “inevitable” that one’s personal genetic information would enter more and more into the public sphere.

“We are at the dawn of the age of genetic McCarthyism,” she said, referring to witchhunts against Communists in 1950s America.

What’s more, Seltzer imagined a world in which tiny robot drones flew around, the size of mosquitoes, extracting a sample of your DNA for analysis by, say, the government or an insurance firm. Invasions of privacy are “going to become more pervasive,” she predicted. “It’s not whether this is going to happen, it’s already happening … We live in a surveillance state today.”

Political scientist tackled the controversial subject of encrypted communications and the idea of regulating to ensure governments can always see even encrypted messages in the interests of national security.

Joseph Nye , a political scientist posits that “governments are talking about putting in back doors for communication so that terrorists can’t communicate without being spied on. The problem is that if governments can do that, so can the bad guys,” 

“Are you more worried about big brother or your nasty little cousin?”

In the same way we can send tiny drones to spy on people, we can send the same machine into an Ebola ward to “zap the germs,” Seltzer said. “The technology is there, it is up to us how to use it,” she added.

And at a separate session on artificial intelligence, panelists appeared to accept the limit on privacy as part of modern life.

Rodney Brooks, chairman of Rethink Robotics, an American tech firm, took the example of Google Maps guessing – usually correctly – where you want to go.

“At first, I found that spooky and kind of scary. Then I realized, actually, it’s kind of useful,” he said.

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