In a recent interview at a public event in San Francisco, a reporter asked Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO about how revolutionary would be the future of the Internet. In response to which, Eric has made a prediction that The Internet that we use today shall take a huge leap and will be segregated into two parts one led by China and the other led by America.
He said, “I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America”. He linked the GDP of China and their Internet with that of US saying, “Chinese Internet is a greater percentage of the GDP of China, which is a big number, than the same percentage of the US, which is also a big number.”
At the time when our world is converging into a Global village through technological advancements, this statement claiming the concept of two distinct versions of the Internet is bifurcating the concept of democracy into two separate voices. This will not only result in a divergent world but also divide it into two separate regimes which will hamper the overall internet.
China’s Secret Project gets revealed
China is all set to launch their secret search engine named as Project Dragonfly which would be censored so as to avoid any search queries that include the words like human rights, democracy, religion etc. This censored version will be devoid of all the government policies that will strictly follow the Chinese rules.
However, Google is trying to enter the Chinese market through this project under the guidance of Sundar Pichai who is the present CEO of Google. Eric highlighted the heated controversies in and out of Google led due to this exploration in the Chinese market by the current CEO.
China and Technology
The 63-year-old millionaire also emphasized how China has always been ahead in the world for its advancements in the field of technology even though they have been kept away from using global tech products. Thus, a new search engine will also prove to be an excellent profit for the Chinese.
Along with this, Eric Schmidt also mentioned the phenomenal growth of tech products and services in China that is useful for people in a wholesome way. Taking the example of Starbucks in China, where people pay in advance for their favorite coffee online before actually visiting there. Such efficient use of technology in China makes it an outstanding global leader perhaps with limited freedom.
He appreciated the unstoppable rate of development that is taking place in the field of Tech startups and their innovation ability to cater to the needs that really need attention and solution. With the mushrooming of these companies and such high wealth being generated, the result in China emerging as a strong powerful superpower will not take much time.
China and Infrastructure
Eric also shared that Infrastructure has always been on top to implement projects with high growth prospects both, economically as well as politically. He pointed to the success of BRI Initiative saying,” Look at the way BRI works – their Belt and Road Initiative, which involves 60-ish countries – it’s perfectly possible those countries will begin to take on the infrastructure that China has with some loss of freedom.”
Thus, Eric has brought China’s exponential growth and their unparalleled services in limelight in a positive way. Even after them being eluded to use global services due to their strict government rules and policies, their growth is still stellar and all the countries cannot match their growth level.