39 Sterling Eric Schmidt Quotes

Eric Schmidt is an American software engineer and current executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. Originally working for Sun Microsystems, the founders of Google recruited Schmidt to work under the guidance of their venture capitalists. Serving as Chairman on the Board of Directors, Schmidt has seen Google through more than a decade of changes. With this experience, much knowledge has been shared. Here is a look at some of Eric Schmidt’s most memorable quotes.

“Computers will clearly handle the things we aren’t good at, and we will handle the things…”

“Every young person 1 day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching…”

“Facial recognition, completely unmonitored, can be used for very bad things. It can be used for stalking, for example.”

“Google is more than a business. Google is a belief system. And we believe passionately in the open Internet model.”

“Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

“Half of Google’s revenue comes from selling text-based ads that are placed near search results and are related to the topic of the search. Another half of its revenues come from licensing its search technology to companies like Yahoo.”

“I ACTUALLY think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions, they want Google to tell…”

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time … I mean we really have to think about these things as a society.”

“I still believe that sitting down and reading a book is the best way to really learn something.”

“If you have 14 pictures on the Internet, within a 95% confidence interval we can predict who you are. You say you don’t have 14 pictures? You have Facebook pictures, so there.”

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

“If you think about the history of the PC industry, the PC industry has essentially been nothing but acquisitions by one company or another. Dell is the outlier. Dell built its own culture. They automated themselves to be the most efficient manufacturer.”

“It was a joke, it just wans’t very good. ”

“Just remember when you post something, the computers remember forever”

“Not secure? It’s more secure than the iPhone.”

“One day we had a conversation where we figured we could just try and predict the stock market … and then we decided it was illegal. So we stopped doing that.”

“Our business strategy is not to compete.”

“Our policy is we try things, we celebrate our failures.”

“People are surprised to find out that an awful lot of people think that they’re idiots.”

“Serendipity can be calculated now. We can actually produce it electronically.”

“Streetview the cars we drive only once, you can just move, right?”

“The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’”

“The coach doesn’t have to play the sport as well as you do. They have to watch you and get you to be your best.”

“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”

“The Internet of things will augment your brain.”

“The media gets confused because they don’t believe in facts, and public policy people get confused because they don’t believe in innovation.”

“The technology will be so good it will be very hard for people to watch or consume something that has not in some sense been tailored for them.”

“There’s enormous opportunity to mine the information we have for financial gain and those would be examples of evil.”

“There’s nothing that cannot be found through some search engine or on the Internet somewhere.”

“Washington is an incumbent protection machine… The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists.”

“We are willing to get it one way or another, with or without deal.”

“We don’t have a plan to beat Apple, that’s not how we operate.”

“We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking…”

“We used to think that the enterprise was the hardest customer to satisfy, but we were wrong. It turns out, consumers are harder than the enterprise because the consumer will not give you a second chance.”

“We Want People To Be More Logged Into Google.”

“With Street View, we drive by exactly once, so you can just move.”

“Would you prefer someone else? Is there a government that you would prefer to be in charge of this?”

“You can trust us with your data.”

“You have to fight for your privacy or you lose it.”

Eric Schmidt has a keynote conversation during the WorldAffairs 2015 event, discussing technology and innovation in focus. WorldAffairs focuses on bringing the top business influencers, policymakers, and philanthropists together to discuss and debate some of the largest issues plaguing our global environment and economy.

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