Eric Schmidt reveals his 2014 predictions, suggests big data will be king

by: Andrew GrushDecember 30, 2013

The year 2013 is coming to a close, and another year will soon begin with new innovations, trends and discoveries to be made.

What will 2014 hold? While no one knows the future, it’s fun to see what important tech industry players have to say about the year ahead. With that in mind, Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt has now unveiled his 2014 predictions in a video interview with Bloomberg TV.

We know what you might be thinking, “this is a man that predicted in late-2011 that the majority of TVs in stores would have Google TV embedded by the summer of 2012.” And as Schmidt admits in the interview, he’s also the same guy who underestimated the importance and rise of the social network. This means you might want to take his 2014 predictions with a grain of salt. On the other hand, the predictions mentioned by the chairman are actually pretty tame and rather believable.

First up, Schmidt starts by talking about how 2014 will be the year that (nearly) everyone has a smartphone. This is already mostly true especially in major markets including the United States and most of Europe.

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Both big data and “machine intelligence” will be important disrupters in 2014 and the years to come. Schmidt believes this disruption will have the power to change every business globally.

Aside from smartphones, Schmidt also takes note of the major growth seen by other types of mobile devices such as tablets. He then talks about how more smartphones and tablets will further open up the door towards more advanced big data services and applications, a trend we’ve already seen start to come to play in 2013.

Schmidt says they are sure that both big data and “machine intelligence” will be important disrupters in 2014 and the years to come. This disruption will not only change every business globally, it will also have an important impact on the consumer market as well.

The Chairman also believes that that DNA sequencing and other other genetics innovations will be big in 2014, though he admits that “we don’t really know what’s going to happen” in this area. Eric Schmidt closes up the interview by touching on Google’s investment plans for the future, and how the “arrival of Internet everywhere” will be of increasing importance to the company.

What do you think of Schmidt’s ‘predictions’ for 2014? What important mobile trends do you think the industry (and consumers) will be most focused on in the coming year? Let us know in the comments!

  • mustbepbs

    I can’t wait to see what Moto turns into this year. I know for me personally, they’ve really been the comeback story in the Android industry with the Moto X/G and the great update speeds. For me, if they keep it up, my next phone will be the next Moto X.

    • apianist16

      Agreed. Moto X was a huge step in the right direction.

    • NeedName

      Hear they have a 6.3″ phablet. . . hope they announce it during CES and they follow through with it like they have the X & G.

  • Shark Bait

    Continuing to take over the world!!! ( Dr evil laugh ) …… With data

  • PeterBlood

    Anybody who has anything to do with Google in all it’s forms deserves all the data mining and personal info loss surely come their way. It’s amazing how people so easily sell their Seouls.

    • Arturo Raygoza

      I agree with you, I’m an android user, I bought my phone straight from Google. it seems as though willingly giving up our personal data and real on time location isn’t enough now they want our freaking DNA? and they are spinning it as if its something cool and beneficial to us. damn and here I was thinking they had went far enough with fingerprint scanners

      • PeterBlood

        No worries, once they have mapped your genome as well they will then be able to sell you perfectly matching 3D printed organs for sale. Such a deal! :)

    • Mark Mann

      i don’t know how easy it is to get just over 10 million people to sell the city they live in…but good luck with that

  • APai

    I hate where its going. big data will screw us.

    • telco

      am sure some concessions will be made by carriers.
      when mobile phones came out call rates are a rip off starting from the age of the big nokia phones. but thousands of years later in our time… we can get a cheap unlimited call plans on post and prepaid. am sure it will be the same w/ data.

      though am unsure if what kind of data we are talking about here LOL

  • tauris

    2014 prediction: Microsoft will have new CEO & Nokia will go with Android!

    uhm I hope the last one is true.

    • telco

      no chance mate

      • PeterBlood

        Yeah especially since Microsoft owns Nokia. That would be a major admission of defeat.

  • telco

    i predict that someone will get tired on iphone prices and will assasinate the guys in cupertino.

    .. samsung will be ruined if tizen won’t match android

    google’s progress my come to a halt if the patent wars becomes so so serious

    nokia will definitely stay w/ windows… and will slowly fade just like what is happening to them now.

    microsoft will always be microsoft

  • Ian Huntly

    Internet EVERYWHERE at a reasonable price or free will be a big boon. Somehow, not sure that will happen. Can’t wait.

  • PeterBlood

    Eric Schmidt just LOOKS like one of those weasels in sci-fi movies that start out all innocent looking and acting benevolent but end up with malevolent purpose like Paul Reiser in ALIENS. We’ve been warned. “In tech space everyone can hear you scream.” I scream “stay away from Google!”