Eric Schmidt discusses mobile user media with Charlie Rose December 15, 2020 December 15, 2020 sysadmin
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Eric Schmidt joined Charlie Rose on March 6, 2008 and discussed the implications of a world in which everyone is streaming from their mobile phones! Watch the whole video or fast forward to 7:30 where the this discussion begins. We could not have said it better ourselves!

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Charlie Rose:

YouTube has been fueled by user generated. People did it with their cameras. How much of a phenomenon is that going to be in the future of the internet?

Eric Schmidt:

We think it will be one of the most defining aspects of the internet. Because if you think about it, everybody has phones and every phone has a still camera, and every one of those phones is going to have a movie camera pretty soon. And indeed if you think about it, a lot of the news that you see you’ll see some phone camera video of low quality. Well, five years from now, those will be very high quality videos as the technology gets better. And the joke is that the vast majority of photographs now taken are kept in people’s phones because they can’t get them out of them.

Charlie Rose:

They can take the picture, but they don’t know what to do with it.

Eric Schmidt:

So we’re working to solve all those problems. The important thing here is that the phenomenon of user generated content of which YouTube is an example is I think the defining expression of humanity over the next 10 to 20 years. We had no idea that all these things were going on because there was no way to see them. And now if you have someone who is being taken advantage of or abused or put into an inappropriate position, what have you, they can take a picture. They can record what the police are doing in an –

Eric Schmidt:

There’s a lot of implications.

Charlie Rose:

Speak to that.

Eric Schmidt:

Well, the most interesting thing to me is that transparency is how you keep societies honest. And we’ve now because of the internet and because of the digital revolution given people — we’ve essentially given them the ability to see everything. So you can now take photographs, take videos of everything you see in your world and people discover it. And there are whole communities of people who are interested in these kinds of aspects. And they serve as a form of check and balance on the powerful, the rich, the people who might exploit others. It doesn’t necessarily mean for a different outcome, but it means that everybody can’t hide. They have to actually tell the truth. To me, that’s a great step forward.