Google CEO Schmidt: Change your name to escape ‘cyber past’

“Eric Schmidt suggested that young people should be entitled to change their identity to escape their misspent youth, which is now recorded in excruciating detail on social networking sites such as Facebook,” Murray Wardrop reports for The Telegraph.

“‘I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,’ Mr Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal,” Wardrop reports. “In an interview Mr Schmidt said he believed that every young person will one day be allowed to change their name to distance themselves from embarrasssing photographs and material stored on their friends’ social media sites.”

Wardrop reports, “The 55-year-old also predicted that in the future, Google will know so much about its users that the search engine will be able to help them plan their lives. ‘We’re trying to figure out what the future of search is,’ Mr Schmidt said. ‘One idea is that more and more searches are done on your behalf without you needing to type. I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.'”

MacDailyNews Take: No, Eric, we definitely do not want Google to tell us what we should be doing next, you dope.

Wardrop continues, “The comments are not the first time Mr Schmidt has courted controversy over the wealth of personal information people reveal on the internet. Last year, he notoriously remarked: ‘If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Maybe the Pink Cowboy should change his name to Eric T. Mole… Oops, that wouldn’t work, either.

54 Comments

  1. Me asking google what to do? not in a million years.

    It is almost like asking microsoft how to make a good windows publicity. You can ask them how to make a good apple publicity, they are very good at it.

  2. “The 55-year-old also predicted that in the future, Google will know so much about its users that the search engine will be able to help them plan their lives. ‘We’re trying to figure out what the future of search is,’ Mr Schmidt said. ‘One idea is that more and more searches are done on your behalf without you needing to type. I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.'”

    Just scary!

  3. Society is so geared toward bailing people out and making victims out of thin air.

    Why are we so afraid to own up to accountability and demand mature behavior?

    Afraid of your cyber past because you were/are a pathetic sack of shit? Stop being an asshole and grow up.

    Eric “don’t be evil” shmidt: change your name.

    The Internet has a propensity to turn normal people into pathetic, impatient, hotheaded, know-it-all bitches!

    Change your name . . .
    Grow a pair you douche!

  4. Further evidence? While MDN, like any red blooded, self reliant, freedom loving American, deplores the notion that Schmidt would try to tell us what do – they fully accept the very same behavior in Steve Jobs.

    Not only is it OK for Jobs to tell us what to do, we seem to wait like scared weaklings on his every utterance so we will have direction for the next action we should take.

    Like I said, it’s pathological.

  5. OK, that’s it, I am in the process of clearing all my archived mails on Gmail accounts I hold.

    I’ll want to switch to another personal main email asap. Surely, it’ll take some time and consideration, but I guess everyone will find a way without ’em, Google.

    Otherrrrrrr institutions will hopefully provide services comparable with or equal to Google, but that’s it for me now.
    I’m out as good as possible.

    Anyone listenin’…?

  6. I agree with you – but this is a world that is definitely different for young people today than say 20 years ago. Every young kid does stupid crap – everyone. The difference now is like Eric says a lot of it (most of it) is recorded and trackable and will never be forgotten – which is an awful world to live in when you think about it.

    How can society change for the good when the bad or ignorant is forever captured and freely available to watched or read over and over? Mistakes help us to move forward if we choose to learn from them, but if everyone is afraid to make a mistake because of some unflinching eye – who will learn anything?

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