Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is making a lot of headlines Friday over a comment he made at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Instead, he's saying that the Internet will be seamlessly integrated into our lives, by way of a lot of connected devices and sensors.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, this is how Schmidt elaborated on his comment: “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.”
That's definitely something that we've heard before, from a lot of people. The tech industry is heavily pushing users to embrace more connected devices -- think Google's own Nest smart thermostat, or the proliferation of smart clothing, accessories and appliances. Whether consumers are interested in all of them is a different matter, but there's no doubt there's a movement to get just about everything online.
And that's all Schmidt is saying here. It's not that the Internet is going away, just that it will quite literally be less visible. Eventually, you won't even think about whether you're on the Internet or not -- you'll just assume you are, all the time.