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Software engineer and business executive, Eric Schmidt is widely known for building Google into the world’s second most valuable company. A passionate advocate for harnessing technology to make a better world for all, Schmidt served as CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, overseeing major events such as the company going public in 2004 and its landmark purchase of YouTube in 2009.
His tenure at the tech giant continued as he took the role of Executive Chairman of Google, and later Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Currently, he continues to serve on the company’s board and as a technical advisor, deeply involved with the development of AI. Much of his speaking events are focused on the latest AI research, the advances we are likely to see in the next few years, and how this technology could be used to educate people, close skill gaps, and reinvent healthcare, as well as many other industries.
A frequent name on the list of richest individuals in the world, Schmidt previously held positions at Sun Microsystems and Novell, where he was CEO from 1997 to 2001. He has been a member of boards of several companies, most notably Apple.
Eric Schmidt is an American software engineer, businessman, and the executive chairman of Google. In 2013, Forbes ranked Schmidt as the 138th-richest person in the world.
Early in Eric Schmidt’s career, Schmidt held a series of technical positions with IT companies including becoming director, vice president and general manager of Sun Microsystems in 1983 before leaving to join Google.
Schmidt joined Google’s board of directors as chairman in March 2001, and became the company’s CEO in August 2001. At Google, Schmidt shared responsibility for Google’s daily operations with founders Page and Brin. On January 20, 2011, Google announced that Schmidt would step down as the CEO of Google but continue as the executive chairman of the company and act as an adviser to co-founders Page and Brin.
Former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt gives an overview of the history of AI from the 1970s when he first started researching it to its current state and how it will soon affect our daily lives. He argues that contrary to popular belief, AI will not take away jobs, but rather do tasks that we simply will not be able to fill with human labor.
Schmidt notes that people often do not take into account the declining birth rate worldwide, especially prevalent in developed nations like Japan and South Korea, who are rushing to automate because it is the only way they have to maintain productivity. "We're going to have a surplus of jobs, and not enough people to fill them because of demographics," he notes. "We've all grown up with this notion that the world was overpopulated, but in fact the inverse is probably going to end up being true, but for all sorts of reasons it looks like the number of jobs in aggregate that will be emptry will be increasing, not decreasing."
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The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives
In the next decade, five billion new people will come online, posing for our world a host of new opportunities—and dangers. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen traveled to thirty-five countries, including some of the world’s most volatile regions and met with political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists to learn firsthand about the challenges they face. Packed with fascinating ideas, informed predictions, and prescient warnings, The New Digital Age tackles some of the toughest questions about our future: how will technology change the way we approach issues like privacy and security, war and intervention, diplomacy, revolution and terrorism. And how can we best use new technologies to improve our lives? More than a book about gadgets and data, this is a prescriptive glimpse of how technology is reshaping our world and the lives of the people who live in it.
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