SUNNY UPLANDS for all of humanity are ahead, thanks to the interconnectedness of all things, seemed to be the theme of the recently demoted Google ex-CEO Eric "privacy is passe" Schmidt.
Glossing over his recent demotion to executive chairman during his Mobile World Congress keynote, he started with a sort of trip down memory lane and talked about 1983, of all the years you could pick, and how amazing the processing power of the Nexus S smartphone running Android is now. Sadly he did not mention the old chestnut of your mobile phone having more computational power than the Apollo spacecraft.
Rambling on, Schmidt mentioned LTE - which isn't 4G, according to the International Telecommunications Union, by the way - and clouds, and the many thousands of Android device activations per day.
As if that wasn't known to absolutely everyone in the same room and those watching by webcast, he continued with the bleeding obvious and talked about how the cloud can let you move stuff from device to device. It can all go into the cloud as far as Schmidt is concerned - photos, video, data, truth - there's no end to cloud datacentre servers' uses, apparently.
Just to show how fantastic the cloud is, Schmidt put on a live demo with some movie editing software. No doubt the former Google CEO will look back in years to come and think, "why on earth did I do that?" as his demo went horribly wrong and his edited video refused to upload to Youtube.
But this embarrassing situation didn't stop his vision of a glorious horizon for Schmidt, he was loving every minute of it and for him Google's Chrome web browser is six times faster than "traditional browsers". Perhaps he was referring to Netscape there.
And the rhetoric just got more delusional with the mobile Internet bringing peace and peaceful revolution to the world, and no doubt Google marketing executives taking power in the process.
So what did The INQUIRER think? Schmidt's MWC 2011 keynote speech was absolute rubbish from beginning to end and not worth the electrons your screen is using to display this story, in our opinion, but we will add one final thing.
Schmidt said he "would have loved Nokia to have adopted Android and are sorry they made a different choice but the offer remains open to them". Don't worry Eric, once Elop has gone The INQUIRER expects a rather smaller Nokia to do just that. µ