The Top 10 Things We Can't Believe Eric Schmidt Ever Said

Eric - it's been great. We're going to miss you as CEO of one of history's most important and influential companies. But we'll also miss you for the strange, creepy, absurd and downright dumb things you've uttered. Below, our favourites:

1. "One person's definition of evil is another person's different definition."

2. "One day we had a conversation where we figured we could just try and predict the stock market… and then we decided it was illegal. So we stopped doing that."

3. "More and more searches are done on your behalf without you needing to type. I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions...They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next."

4. "Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it."

5. "Every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends' social media sites."

6. "The internet of things will augment your brain."

7. "You can trust us with your data."

8. "Is there a government that you would prefer to be in charge of this?"

9. "We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about."

10. "In a world of asynchronous threats, it is too dangerous for there not to be some way to identify you... Governments will demand it."

It's been fun, Eric. Here's hoping Larry Page proves equally gaffe-happy. [via State of Search and HuffPo and BuzzFeed]


    8 is actually a really good point

      I agree so much. Google is the lesser of two evils to have all my data. I would hate for the gov to have it all.

    these are all great, number 2 is inspirational and might be my new favourite quote of all time

    I want to get up close and personal with the 'creepy line' myself.

    And this people is why I will never get an Android device.

    I wonder if he knows I'm thinking he's a giant throbbing nimrod right now?

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