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Google’s Eric Schmidt Shares Thoughts on Facebook, Apple and the Future of Information and Technology

Written on February 08, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google's outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt promises he will not be out of the picture yet even when he steps down to pass the torch to Larry Page. What are his thoughts on Facebook, Apple and the future of information and technology?

Do you really think he’ll just lie around in a comfy mansion living the good life after his triumphs in ? Not a chance in hell. ’s outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt promises that he’ll still be around even after stepping down from the pinnacle of the world’s most visited website. He also shares a couple more things about the future of and , along with some insights on their so-called perennial rivals, and , in an interview over at the World Economic Forum in Davos that will open your eyes and see what will happen in the next 50 years.

Admit , we can’t imagine life without Google right now. And although people start poking that Facebook is their fiercest competitor, Eric Schmidt has politely settled down the tension and explains that Facebook is purely a social networking site, whereas Google is a search engine. He ultimately shares later on that the more that Facebook grows, Google will grow as well.

He also gives credit to Apple for becoming the first to break away from the corporate structure information technology had back in the early 90’s. As Schmidt claims that Apple is more consumer-driven rather than what and other companies have tried to imply 10-15 years ago.

According to Eric:

“When I grew up it was basically about enterprises – IT. Today computer science is really about consumers and information. The rise of Google, the rise of Facebook, the rise of Apple, I think are proof that there is a place for computer science as something that solves problems that people face every day. There was only one company that saw that a decade before anybody else and that company is Apple. If you look even through the Nineties — Sun, Microsoft, Novell, Cisco — they were fundamentally infrastructure companies based around corporations. That is where the money was. There was almost no consumer use with the exception of Apple in people’s daily lives. The big shift was over 10 – 15 years and it came with the development of the web.”

So where will information ann technology go from here? Well Eric shares “A reasonable expectation in 50 years is that will do things that they do really well, and humans will do what we do really well. And the stupid stuff that we have to do, like remembering things, they can do, and the things that we are really good at – like judgment – they don’t really need to do. That division is often lost. People assume that will do everything that humans do. Not good. People are different from each other and they are all really different from .”

Check out the complete interview by following this link.

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