Google’s Eric Schmidt waxes futurist on the digital divide at Mobile World Congress | VentureBeat

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Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt channeled famed futurists like Ray Kurzweil and Michio Kaku in his keynote at the Mobile World Congress today. What started as an overview of new features in Chrome for Android turned into a powerful discourse on the power of technology and what it means for the future of society. As if to outrace critics of an overly technological society, Schmidt first brought up the current digital divide. “When we talk about the power of technology we need to be realists,” he said. “For most people the power of technology has not really arrived.” But he added that people will still be able to change the world if you connect them with information. He also said that hard drives and processors are expected to cost below $1 in the next decade, something that futurists have been predicting for some time. That alone will make technology more accessible to everyone.