Google CEO Imagines Era Of Mobile Supercomputers

The future, as Eric Schmidt describes it, belongs to smart phones and data centers.
High-speed broadband, Schmidt asserted at the press conference, would accelerate these changes. When you get to 100 megabit broadband, he said, "all of the [media] distinctions go away." Television, radio, the phone system, and the Internet become one.

That kind of connectivity, he continued, is very disruptive, very consumer-focused, and will create many new businesses.

Schmidt's presence in Utah was a consequence of the desire of the state's political and business leaders to see some of these new businesses develop in Utah. As former CEO of Utah-based Novell, Schmidt has longstanding ties to the state and its leaders. Much of the discussion at the press conference, and in Schmidt's discussion with Bradford, focused on what Utah can do to match the success of California's Silicon Valley as an incubator and home for businesses.

Schmidt said that Utah appeared to be on the cusp of achieving its goal, noting "Utah is already by every ranking the best state to do business in." It just needs a greater concentration of technical talent, he suggested. "Most of the data centers should be here because you have a very low cost of energy here," he said, pointing to the NSA's plan to build a massive $1.6 billion data center at Utah's Camp Williams.

Finally, Schmidt also provided some interesting insight into Google's ambitious, and occasionally ridiculed, motto, "Don't be evil."

Responding to a question from an Oracle employee about whether the motto is alive and well, Schmidt confirmed it is still important to the company and said that it's valuable because it provides an avenue for employees to say, "No."

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