Even with parts of the world still offline, the internet has already made great things possible. Imagine the possibilities if everyone in the world had access to the internet!
Apparently, we won’t need to wait for long, as Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of search giant Google, believes everyone in the world will be online by 2020. The statement inspired many, but others felt it’s too good to be true.
“For every person online, there are two who are not. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected,” he said recently on his Google+ account.
“Think about how great the internet is with 2B users. Now think about how amazing it will be when 5B come online in a decade. #NewDigitalAge,” he added.
Responding to the post, a Google+ user who goes by the name Mary M pointed out that millions in South America don’t even know what the internet is, while a staggering number of people in Africa don’t even have enough money to buy food. She speculated that perhaps Schmidt was referring to the civilized world.
Based on a study conducted by the UN agency International Telecommunication Union, around 38 per cent of the globe’s population have internet access, an increase from approximately 35 per cent in 2012.
Schmidt’s prediction is optimistic considering that third world countries have deteriorating or no web infrastructures, while other areas are hampered by government censorship or remoteness. However, there is still a possibility that it can become real.
In fact, some projects are underway to connect the entire world. For example, Google backs Geeks Without Frontiers, a non-profit organization that donates PCs and other devices to poor regions such as Africa and Central America.