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The future, according to Eric Schmidt

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/07/10 05:03 PM

I keep wondering whether someone at Google will tell this guy to stop talking. A while back was Schmidt’s assertion that in the future it will be common for a person to change their name when they become an adult in order to shed the dumb things they said as a kid. Because identity is…disposable?

Now there’s Schmidt’s latest comments at a conference in Berlin. Here are the ones that stuck with me:

—“Your car should be able to drive itself! After all, your car knows where it is, knows where the other cars are and where it should be going.”

—“A near-term future in which you don’t forget anything, because the computer remembers. You’re never lost.”

—“Not only are you never lonely, you’re never bored! We’ll suggest what you should be watching, because we know what you care about.”

—“We can suggest what you should do next, what you care about. Imagine: We know where you are, we know what you like.”

So Google’s future is a cadre of Pleasure Spies. Good to know.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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