Google’s chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt predicted that the internet will become invisible in the future because it will become so smoothly integrated into our daily lives.
“Imagine you walk into a room and with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room,” he told the media during the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“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.”
Schmidt is not the only one who holds this opinion. A study from Elon University and the Pew Internet Project said that as intelligence is infused into portables, wearables, implantables, computers and other things, the online world will become so important to our daily lives that it will cease to become a separate realm.
This prediction is also supported by a report from Gartner, which estimated that the total number of “smart objects” in use will surge to 25 billion by 2020 from just 3.8 billion last year.
In comparison, the overall human population based on the latest available data (2013) is about 7.12 billion, meaning the sensornet has more room for growth.
Furthermore, the tech industry’s biggest names told leaders gathered at the forum that they should invest in a fast, stable, secure and open internet to promote social justice and economic development and to educate their people.