Eric Schmidt

  • Aired:  09/21/10
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Google CEO Eric Schmidt wants people to remember that when you post something online, computers will remember it forever. (5:35)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE C.E.O.

OF GOOGLE.

AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT IT SAID

WHEN I LOOKED HIM UP ON BING.

PLEASE WELCOME ERIC SCHMIDT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HEY, MR. SCHMIDT, THANKS FOR

COMING ON.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: LOVELY TO SEE YOU.

I GET TO PUT ANOTHER NOTCH IN MY

BILLIONAIRE BELT.

WONDERFUL TO MEET YOU.

NOW, SIR, YOU ARE THE HEAD OF

GOOGLE, WHICH IS FAST BECOMING

ONE OF THE BIGGEST, MOST

IMPORTANT COMPANIES IN AMERICA.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: HEY, I DIDN'T DO

IT.

YOU GUYS DID IT, YOU AND YOUR

ALGORITHMS, RIGHT?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: YOU MAKE YOUR CASH

BY DOING ESSENTIALLY DATA MINING

ON WHAT WE AMERICANS CARE ABOUT,

RIGHT?

>> NOT TRUE.

>> Stephen: NOT TRUE?

I'M GOING TO GO WITH MY ANSWER.

YOU DO KNOW THINGS ABOUT

AMERICANS THAT WE MAYBE WHEN WE

WERE CHILDREN DIDN'T THINK

PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT US, OUR

LIKES, OUR DISLIKES, ARE

COTDFIED REGIONALLY IF NOT

INDIVIDUALLY.

>> IT'S TRUE WE SEE YOUR

SEARCHES, BUT WE FORGET THEM

AFTER A WHILE.

>> Stephen: I'M SUPPOSED TO

TRUST YOU?

>> NOT ONLY THAT, BUT IT'S THE

LAW IN ALLY AT COUNTRIES.

>> Stephen: FOR YOU TO FORGET?

>> YOU CAN FORGET IF YOU WANT

TO?

>>

>> Stephen: I TRY TO, IT'S

SCARY.

WHY DO I GET MORE HITS WHEN I

SEARCH TALL WOMEN WITH HEAVY

THINGS.

NO ADS COME UPPER FOR THAT.

>> YOU NEED TO WORK TO GET MORE

CONTENT IN THAT AREA.

>> Stephen: SO YOU WOULDN'T

CALL THAT DATA MINING?

>> WE DON'T DO DATA MINING.

>> Stephen: DA-TA OR DATE-A.

>> WE FIGURE OUT WHAT POINTS TO

EACH OTHER AND THAT GIVES US THE

ALSO RIT, WHICH IS CALLED PAGE

RAFNLG THAT'S HOW WE DECIDE TO

RANK PAGES.

>> Stephen: THIS CHANGED THE

WAY PAGES WERE RANKED.

AT WHAT POINT WILL GOOGLE'S ALGO

RHYTHM BECOME SELF-AWARE AND

TURN ON ITS MASTERS?

>> HOPEFULLY NOT IN OUR

LIFETIME.

IT TURNS OUT THAT THIS ALSO

RHYTHM IS PRETTY

STRAIGHTFORWARD.

IT DOES REALLY LARGE THINGS,

ENORMOUS NUMBERS OF INFORMATION.

IT'S WHAT COMPUTERS ARE GOOD

FOR.

HUMANS AREN'T VERY GOOD AT THAT.

>> Stephen: HUMANS AREIN' VERY

GOOD PERIOD.

>> HUMANS ARE NOT VERY GOOD.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHY

COMPUTERS WILL EVENTUALLY TAKE

OVER.

>> HUMANS ARE NOT VERY GOOD AT

DEALING WITH BILLIONS OF THINGS,

WHEREAS HUMANS ARE.

AND COMPUTERS ARE NOT DEALING

WITH THINKING THINGS.

>> Stephen: CHINESE ARE GREAT

AT DEALING WITH BILLIONS OF

THINGS.

YOU PULLED OUT OF CHINA.

WHY DID YOU DO THAT?

>> WE DIDN'T LIKE THEIR LAWS.

>> Stephen: IMMEDIATELY?

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO NOT

LIKE THEIR LAWS?

>> ABOUT FOUR YEARS.

>> Stephen: YOU WERE UNDER THE

YOLK OF COMMUNIST CHINA FOR FOUR

YEARS.

HOW DID YOU GET OUT?

DID YOU TUNNEL YOUR WAY IN

>> WE PROVED.

THERE'S BASICALLY HOW HONG KONG AND

MAINLAND CHINA.

WE LIKE THE HONG KONG SYSTEM

BETTER.

>> Stephen: YOU FAMOUSLY SAID,

AND I COMPLETELY SUPPORT THIS,

THE IDEA THAT SOME DAY YOUNG

PEOPLE INSTEAD OF HAVING PRIVACY

FOR THE THINGS THAT THEY PUT UP

ON FACEBOOK, BEING ABLE TO

EXPUNGE THAT BECAUSE ONCE IT'S

THERE IT EXIST, SO ONE DAY

THEY'LL ERASE THEIR HISTORY AND

CHANGE THEIR NAMES AND THEY'LL

BE SCOTT-FREE.

>> IT WAS A JOKE.

[LAUGHTER]

IT WASN'T VERY GOOD.

>> Stephen: I GUESS THAT'S TOO

HIP FOR THE ROOM.

>> IT WASN'T A VERY GOOD JOKE.

>> Stephen: I WAS ALL FOR IT

BECAUSE I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY

ENTICING AS AN EMPLOYER TO GO,

YOU HAVE NO HISTORY AND YOU

CHANGED YOUR NAME YESTERDAY.

WELCOME ABOARD.

>> THE SERIOUS GOAL IS JUST

REMEMBER WHEN YOU POST SOMETHING

THAT THE COMPUTERS REMEMBER

FOREVER.

>> Stephen: WHOSE COMPUTERS,

YOUR COMPUTE CENTERS

>> IT'S ACTUALLY ON THE WEB.

GOOGLE COLLECTS IT.

IT'S ALL OUT ON THE WEB.

WE COLLECT IT.

THEY'RE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

IF IT'S REALLY JUICY, THERE WILL

BE COPIES EVERYWHERE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: IS THERE ANYTHING

YOU DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW

ABOUT YOU?

>> EVERYBODY HAS PRIVACY.

>> Stephen: NOT ME.

MY LIFE'S AN OPEN BOOK.

>> WELL, WE THINK PRIVACY IS

PRETTY IMPORTANT.

WE'RE MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU

TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF STUFF WE

HAVE ON YOU AND ACTUALLY DELETE

A WHOLE BUNCH OF IT.

>> Stephen: YOUR COMPANY, YOUR

MOTTO IS "DON'T BE EVIL."

RIGHT NOW YOUR STOCK PRICE IS

$513 A SHARE.

HOW LOW WILL THAT HAVE TO GO

BEFOREO GO, THAT'S IT, WE'RE

GOING WITH EVIL.

>> WE'RE NOT...

>> Stephen: YOU'D NEVER BE

EVIL, NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: ALL MEN ARE

SINNERS.

>> IT'S A COMPANY.

>> Stephen: COMPANIES ARE

LEGALLY PEOPLE.

WELCOME TO AMERICA.

>> OKAY.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> THE COMPANY WAS FOUNDED ON

THE BASIC PRINCIPLE NOT TO BE

EVIL AND TO DO THE RIGHT THING,

MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

THAT.

SURVIVES ALL OF US.

IT'S OUR PRINCIPLE WE OPERATE

THE COMPANY BY.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

COULD YOU HELP ME ERATION MY

BROWSER HISTORY IN

>> I WOULD ENCOURAGE IT.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE BEEN

CHECKING MY SEARCHES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GOOGLE C.E.O. ERIC SCHMIDT OR

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