By James Hirsen
Eric Schmidt is the former software engineer who rose to become executive chairman of Google. Schmidt recently spoke to the top political, business, and financial minds gathered together at the World Economic Forum. The global event was held at the fashionable Swiss municipality of Davos.
Schmidt’s speech carried a prediction regarding the Internet, that being the World Wide Web as we know it is essentially destined to fade to black. Responding to a question about the Web’s future, Schmidt said, "I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear."
The vanishing Net to which Schmidt refers is not the death of the Web per say, but rather the notion that the Internet of the future will so extensively permeate our lives, it will effectively be subsumed into life’s backdrop. In other words, it is Schmidt’s contention that in due time, people will no longer be consciously aware of the actual presence of the Internet. [more...]