Sound too crazy to be true? It isn’t. While most of us realize the enormous leaps and bounds society today is making in the technological sphere of society, rarely do we try and conceptualize just how fast and big the “Technology Revolution” is. Google CEO Erik Schmidt recently spoke about future changes and how fast technology is actually developing. “There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003," Schmidt said, "but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing.”
Where is all this information coming from? Schmidt says that most of it is from user generated posts and websites. Now that we live in a world in which almost every aspect of a person’s life is broadcast through the internet in some way, the amount of information created has skyrocketed.
While this sounds amazing, Schmidt warns of its dangers saying, “People aren't ready for the technology revolution that's going to happen to them." Schmidt believes that because so much is online, if he were to look at a persons information he could even predict where they were going to go.
Technology could not only predict personal behavior, but also diseases and other upcoming crises, while also being misused for criminal purposes. Schmidt claims that a loss of privacy is inevitable and some even fear it will tamper too closely with our entire concept of free will.