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Google CEO on Web in Five Years: Faster, More Social, More Chinese

Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google, has looked into the crystal ball hidden deep inside the company's headquarters. Besides plenty of dollar signs for Google, Schmidt envisions a drastically different Internet five years from now than the one we know today.

According to ReadWriteWeb, the CEO remarked during a speech atGartner Symposium/ITxpo Orlando 2009 last week that the Web of the future will feature much more Chinese-language content, and believe it or not, more social media. Information access will increase, along with bandwidth speeds. Schmidt says broadband will be delivered at rates above 100 megabits per second, effectively erasing the lines between different media -- like TV, radio, and the Web. Bottom line: The debate between user-generated, real-time content and traditional, 'professional' sources will rage on, as speedy broadband lines equal more -- and more immediate -- accessibility to real-time information. Anyone, anywhere will have the ability to witness and upload an event, making it worldwide in seconds, effectively changing today's Webscape.

Schmidt might not be off the mark. Recent news about Web addresses appearing in non-Latin languages could mean that English is losing its global chokehold on URLs. That, coupled with Bing and Google's search results showing tweets alongside New York Times or CNN articles, might just indicate that Schmidt's future starts next week. [From: ReadWriteWeb]

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