Eric Schmidt has predicted that the Internet as we know it will one day "disappear".
No, Schmidt hasn't been taking a sabbatical to study invisibility spells at Hogwarts; he's speculating in relation to the proliferation of the internet of things, which he believes will fundamentally change the way we perceive and experience the net.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland, Schmidt said:
There will be so many IP addresses…so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it. It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.
"With your permission." Yes, of course Eric.
Unsurprising, given he's the chairman for one the biggest internet-focussed company in the world, Schmidt is optimistic about this future in which a “A highly personalized, highly interactive and very, very interesting world emerges.” A world, undoubtedly, that Google is able to make some serious money out of. [Hollywood Reporter]