“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.