Eric Schmidt, once Google’s CEO, now Executive Chairman, is famous for his gaffes. The man has said so many terrifying, hilarious, and downright confusing things that we were thrilled when we heard today’s news about his new book.
According to Knopf Publishing, which is owned by Random House, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, the Director of Google Ideas, are going to release a book titled “The New Digital Age” on April 23, 2013. It’s going to be about how the internet changes everything. That sounds like an obvious statement, but Eric is known for his long term thinking. Here are just a few of the things he has said over the past few years:
“We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you”re thinking about.”
“We are willing to get it (Facebook’s data) one way or another, with or without deal.”
“I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions, they want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”
We know very little about Jared Cohen, other than the fact that he used to work for the U.S. State Department. And according to Google, Google Ideas “is a think/do tank that convenes unorthodox stakeholders, commissions research, and seeds initiatives to explore the role that technology can play in tackling some of the toughest human challenges.” It was founded in October 2010.
In case you can’t tell by now, we seriously can not wait for this book. Yes, there are going to be some interesting Schmidt quotes in there, but what we really want to see are visions of the future that are beyond anything we can currently imagine. Science Fiction used to be interesting, but these days it’s rather boring. You’re seeing more and more writers base their novels in the present, because frankly they can’t even begin to pretend to know what the world will be like in a few decades.
Eric knows. Eric is omniscient.