Earlier this week Eric Schmidt sat down with the the Wall Street Journal and offered some interesting insights about the future of the web and mobile devices. He also subtly pointed out that there are inherent social dangers within businesses like his own.
“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,” he says.
Let’s admit it: most people are idiots, and if there’s one thing idiots love it’s talking about themselves. That and Farmville. So everybody puts all this information out there just because they get a hardon from the idea that someone might care enough to actually read it. Thanks for the update @SweetieBabe, I’m real glad you made it all the way to the grocery store! Remember to pick up some Ammodium for that other problem you mentioned in your Facebook status.
So what happens when you need a job, but all the interviewer has to do is google your name to come up with 1000 pictures of you passed out covered in your own puke and trying all the GENIUS stuff you see on TV?
He predicts, apparently seriously, that every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites.
Hm. Not bad. Or we could just go back to the good old days when the Internet was the Wild West, and you didn’t have to worry that having a good time was going to make you a pariah at the ol’ water cooler…once you managed to stumble into the office.