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For every person online, there are two who are not. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected.
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We have entered a new age of transparency 
 
Because of this new media people in my country (India) are now more aware of their rights. Internet has helped tremendously in the education sector as well. This free flow of information will bring about changes in the next 10yrs that didn't happen in the last 1 century
 
Oh, that doesn't sound ominous at all.
 
Only two? Considering the number of developing nations I would think the ratio of offline folks would be higher.

If we're simply taking about the developed world, then of course that's more reasonable. 
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Even the kids in Africa dying of thirst and starvation? Hmmm, let's hope we can get that problem sorted before enabling them to tweet about not being able to find a supply of water
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In Canada the price of getting on land either requires a 3 yr contract for cell phone smart phone contracts or $55 a month for a cable or DSL connection. If anything that price has gone up over the years rather than come down. Unless that happens I doubt very much that everyone will be online.

That is what happens when the incumbents in the internet business also own 2 of the 3 major TV networks plus the rights to other networks like HBO etc, No competition does that.
 
Powerful Erroneous Statement
FTFY
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You really believe that? What about the millions in Africa who can't even get enough food to eat or the natives in South America who have no idea what technology is? Maybe you should rephrase to those in civilized areas or something like that...
 
Pretty scary. It could be like 1984 the movie where Big Brother is watching you!
 
+Mary M Nope. Those people will be connected too. A lot places in Africa are already becoming connected, even though their .

Also I think the term "civilized" might be a little ... outdated...
 
+eCommUnity and Geeks Without Frontiers are working toward that goal using mesh networking and open source software. Circle us to find out how you can get involved!
 
Kim 'n' Mahmoud?
 
Cool! The more people online, the better. I hope they all end up on google plus :)
 
Who will control their online access? What power will the providers of access have over the users?  For example, if a repressive state entity wants to control a Google Apps domain for ten million children, will the experience of using these collaboration tools tend towards freedom or further repression?
 
+Cesar Gemelli way you did comment say make it so sound like star trek. i am star trek fan
 
Really? By 2019 or 2020 or 2021, depending how you count it, everyone will have access to the Internet? I am very skeptical 
 
If you think about it technology favors the common man.  Today's smartphones are very good computers connected to the internet.  Say if I want to buy the best smartphone and a billionaire wants to buy the best smartphone we're both going to have the same phone.  Compare that to the seventies where if I wanted the best computer no chance but a billionaire or IBM could afford one.
 
+Charles Burt,+Mary M
 why not... already mobile phones are everywhere including places without access to clean drinking water! Today web sites have desktop version, mobile version of their sites, now add an audio version of the site plus IBM Watson answering masses from some cloud... Eric's claim makes perfect sense to me!


Trick is to think how technology is going to get the people exploiting cheap and human native interfaces (voice, gestures)...instead of thinking how people are going to get rich enough to afford expensive technologies!
 
He could be correct.
By 2020 I expect my fridge will even be connected.

Umm... probably at the expence of the polar ice caps melting.
 
Yeah, right! Did you count Africa in? In a decada maybe they' ll be decide to start buying phones instead of guns, maybe even food.
 
I definitely like reading these thoughts.. But +Eric Schmidt this is some pretty lofty shit to say. Let's not get too carried away here. 
 
By the end if the decade the planet is more likely to have annihilated itself. You have messed up Schmidt (again).
 
+Eric Schmidt, you are the voice of the future.  

+Jerome Hanson there's nothing wrong with being lofty.  If not for the lofty visionaries we would not have airplanes flying people around the world.  We would have never gone to the moon .  We would not be connected to the world's information via a smartphone.  We would not have self driving cars.  The list is endless.  It's the great visionaries who aren't afraid to set those lofty goals and dare to create something many of us see as impossible or can't even fathom, lofty goals which will lead to unexpected outcomes that will shape the future.  If you work at Google +Larry Page will always push you to think more lofty.  That's why Google is where it is today leading the path for many to follow and be inspired by.  BTW, I don't think +Eric Schmidt is being hyperbolic when he says everybody (translating to 99% or something because nothing is 100%) will be connected.  I think he's actually figured out the math on this.
 
Hopefully not at the same time, Eric. That would put quite some load on the many servers the Internet consist of.
 
The question is not if everyone will be connected but if being connected will not be "old school" in 7 years to come. Perhaps we will be talking about Oculus Rift-like implants by then. "Let's have a stroll in my emails, shall we?"
 
+Michael Comia you need to learn to distinguish between a true goal and just some old rhetoric being thrown out for discussion and politics. The literacy rate of the world is not even high enough to seriously consider this crap, not to mention the poverty levels. 7 years is simply not enough time. It's actually down right ridiculous. The world as a whole can't even feed themselves much less worry about the damn Internet. 
 
Bullish*t. That's not a lot of time to introduce broadband connectivity to the worst of the third-world and as-of-yet uncontacted tribes in the rain forests.
 
What is this nonsense? There are 1 billion people not yet connected to food.
 
False. You think that a Khoisan will be connected ?? They live in Kalahari desert. They not need Internet connexion or anything similar. And thee other human groups scattered around the world that not need or not used modern tech, and they will be never connected. So your premise is false.

You can say "By the end of the decade, nearly everyone on Earth will be connected." And it can be true.
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This does not seem believable considering the fact that so many people even in this day and age live in completely primitive worlds as hunters and gathers or as tribal people, and have no or almost no access to any modern technology or even electric light! These types of people are in so many different parts of the world! In fact, I have read that most people in the Amazon have never even heard of a car! I have seen so many completely primitive areas like this in India, so I have real hard core proof. Plus, I have seen such videos! Eric Schmidt, I do not know where you get your information from and maybe the statisticians or people who collect such information did not do their jobs properly!
 
Maybe it's an ominous foreshadowing. Maybe there will be far fewer people on earth by the end of the decade. Isn't that right fellow Bilderberg Schmidt?
 
Saying that by the end of the decade everyone on Earth will be connected is like saying back in 1950 that by 2000, everyone will be flying to work in helicopters. It ain't gonna happen.
 
I hope that is the case. However with countries like North Korea, should they still exist in their current state at the end of the decade, then not everybody will be connected, unfortunately
 
I'll believe it when I see it, I mean weren't we supposed to have flying cars now?
 
It also makes the assumption that everyone in North Korea will be connected and online, not to mention the millions of Africans still living in huts.
 
I wholeheartedly believe that quality, reliable internet access is a basic human right and should be recognized as such. I also believe that we should treat it just as we treat other basic needs.
 
I disagree, western ideals regarding internet and connectivity are completely alien to a lot of cultures.
 
+Paul McLean, I think access is the issue. Freedom of Movement is also defined under article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but in some cultures movement is very restricted, and people are choosing not to exercise this right in certain ways - maybe from community coercion, maybe from freewill, probably a mix of both. I don't think the internet should be forced onto anyone. But I think everyone who wants it should have full freedom to access it, and I think that access should be strong, fast, and reliable.
 
I agree, however, the internet in all its guises will not feed or clothe or shelter indigenous tribes in South America or cure endemic alcohol abuse amongst Australian Aboriginal people, the internet is amazing, useful and can be integrated into societal groups, but those groups probably need a lot more first.
 
Not everybody on Earth will be online. People in villages that don't have electricity won't be connected. 2 billion people on this planet need access to clean drinking water more than they need to be online.
 
+Paul McLean , +David Bromage - I agree with you both 100% that life-sustaining needs should be met first - water, food, and shelter among other things are of course vital. I'm not suggesting that internet be moved up on the priorities list for these societies, nor am I suggesting that any resources be diverted away from these needs to focus on internet instead - that would be cruel beyond words.

We do not consider freedom of speech to be in conflict with these societies' rights to food and water, etc. - likewise I do not see acknowledging internet access as a universal right to be in conflict with these societies' needs either, nor do I mean to imply that it should be the top priority for everyone. I suppose my passion about internet access as a right may have given the impression that I'm putting more weight on it than on other rights; but this is no more my intention than it would be for a person speaking passionately about freedom of speech. I believe one right should not be seen as competition to- nor mutually exclusive of- any other right.
 
That's impossible. There's people that can't even get their daily meal... How are they going to get internet??? 
 
A rather nightmarish statement/prediction. 
 
Great. You think YouTube is slow now, wait until the whole world I'd using it. 
 
simply..impossible. as long as there poverty and scarcity of money and all other things that people need to survive..do you think you'll be able to trade internet with water or money?
 
Know someone with a computer? A library? You must be very cozy in your dream word man! There's people in this world that live in houses made out of card board dude!
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C'mon, people are starving to death, countries are going bankrupt and you think their main concern will be if they're connected online or not, oh please....
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You really believe this statement, open your eyes, reality is right in front of you.
 
still can wait for my son and daughter passion. hahhh...
 
Make the internet world wide cheaper. And faster just like +Google doing in Kansas City
 
People of Africa are well connected and using all sort of advance technology. There is a no link between food and technology. I had seen people in africa who preferred to buy smartphone over food.
 
Develop a web-based mobile applet that uses geolocation which would connect rural villages to international relief organizations in their region. You could use your magic Google algorithms to rank requests and connect to caregivers' available resources. The Internet could feed people after all!

Resumé available upon request.
 
Your insights into the future are not relevant or prophetic since leaving Apple's board.
 
Here, take your google glasses. Join the Borg. Resistance is futile.
 
Dear MR Eric cordial saludos, totalmente de acuerdo, debe acelerar la Marcha y en el 2014 estén todos los seres humanos conectados a la Red.es fácil si se usa tecnología satelital,el conocimiento es el mas grande instrumento para hacer crecer la economía Mundial y la Globalizacion seria tacita,sin necesidad de TLC !
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hope so, but hard. a lot of people are "strange", they dont want to go on line ;)
 
Hopefully there will be something new soon concerning wireless/mobile networks and not only faster fiber cables to reach and manage all those new users from Africa, Asia and Lapland. 
 
Oh... +Eric Schmidt it won't be possible here in India where literacy rate is 65%. Even in many developing nations, it won't be possible in next 30-40 years. Where basic needs of human beings are not fulfilled yet, how come they can think of all these. Peoples are dying due to malnutrition, proper food and shelter. Wish by the decade end, hope everybody in the world have food and shelter. Let see how Google as a company plays a role in it.
 
Is that before or after you'll announce a Google+ API? Pretty hard to connect people on a closed social network.
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