Google CEO Eric Schmidt greased the skids for an Internet brain chip during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier today when he predicted the end of the world wide web as an external concept.
Asked how he saw the Internet developing in future years, Schmidt responded. “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear.”
“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,” he added. “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.”
Schmidt, who previously caused controversy amongst privacy advocates when he stated, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” concluded his Davos speech by envisaging “A highly personalized, highly interactive and very, very interesting world.”
When Schmidt speaks of sensors that will replace the Internet as a platform accessed only through an external device, he is talking about implantable brain chips.
As we previously reported, in December 2013, Google engineering director Scott Huffman predicted that within five years web users would have microphones attached to their ceilings and microchips embedded in their brains in order to perform quicker internet searches.
This ubiquitous world wide web would utilize microphones to instantly answer queries, control other technological devices and make travel plans.
When asked if such a system would be more vulnerable to government surveillance, Huffman glibly responded that people should just trust Google (a company that allowed the NSA to mine data from its cloud network “at will”) to safeguard their information.
“Google believes it can ultimately fulfil people’s data needs by sending results directly to microchips implanted into its user’s brains,” states the London Independent report which features the interview with Huffman.
So when Eric Schmidt talks of the Internet “disappearing,” he really means that it will disappear inside your head.
While transhumanists will see this as an exciting leap forward for the world wide web, others will be understandably alarmed at the concept of a giant transnational corporation with cosy NSA connections having microchips embedded inside its customers’ brains.