Google’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt, reckons privacy is a concern of the “elite” and not the “common man”. Presumably Schmidt, now Google’s executive chairman, slots into the former category, with an estimated net worth of $7 billion.
Schmidt, a former presidential advisor, has been in the UK this week for Google’s annual Zeitgeist conference, hanging out with the likes of Stephen Hawking.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Schmidt says: "There is a great concern that the internet becomes like a sewer, just full of bad stuff and the reason is that it is very easy to generate bad stuff.
"But that's a ranking problem. So we should be able to help you understand which are the legitimate sources and which are the non-legitimate sources, using complex, very complex mathematical techniques involving signals, and pre-eminence, and the dominant conversation points.
“While we can't detect the truth in a moral sense, we can certainly come to what is a commonly held view - which will help."
In case I’ve somehow implied that Schmidt is a douche, I’ll conclude with this lovely quote: “My basic view of human nature is positive, that most people want to make the world a better place and that this technology is fundamentally empowering … what you have here is a situation where people who have been poor in an information sense are becoming rich in an information sense. I genuinely believe that as people do that, their lives will get better."