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Eric Schmidt’s Frightening Futurism

Cnet’s Tom Krazit thinks that Google CEO Eric Schmidt should be careful with his visions of a profoundly computer-augmented future:

It’s not that Schmidt is wrong or misguided in making these predictions: the seeds for such a future were sown long ago. But Schmidt and Google never seem to understand how much they freak some people out when they evangelize a future that de-emphasizes the role of people in their day-to-day lives.

I agree that Schmidt’s enthusiasm can be unsettling, at least on first blush (which is not the same thing as saying that his predictions won’t come true, or that I won’t be happy if they do). When he talks about the end of human-driven cars, one of the questions that pops into my head is this: Does Google plan to run the computers that run the planet’s automobiles?


I’m on CNET TV Today

CNET TVI’m tickled to report that I’m going to be a guest today on Reporters’ Roundtable, a new CNET podcast. I’ll be in excellent company: The host is Webware’s Rafe Needleman and Gdgt’s Ryan Block is also guesting. And the topic’s a fun one: the past, present, and future of tablet computers.

The show is taping at 1pm PDT, and you can watch us live. The recorded version will show up here. Check it out, won’t you?

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