Mr. Schmidt was describing to Google’s biggest advertisers and partners how technology can change the world, from tracking financial assets to education to measuring the results of nonprofit initiatives. Some of the things he mentioned, like universal language translation and artificial intelligence, are Google projects.
More important than making his daily life easier, he said, technology will open up the world to people who have never been connected, like those in developing countries. "Imagine going from no information to all the world’s information with one device,” he said. “No textbooks to all textbooks. No language to all language.”
For companies like Google, billions of people newly connected also means a new source of talent, Mr. Schmidt said.
Google and other tech companies will have succeeded, he said, when none of this seems magical, or even visible, because technology will imbue everything in our lives, which is a theme of Google's.
“Eventually technology just disappears,” Mr. Schmidt said. “It’s the ultimate achievement. No more ports and prompts and plug-ins.”